and ideas relevant to the development of appropriate mathematics for children
in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Addresses teacher's need to support young
children's emerging mathematics understanding in a context that conforms to
current knowledge about the ways young children learn mathematics. When teachers
and families work together, young children experience important benefits.
Teachers must strive to form collaborative relationships with families that
empower them to become active participants in their children’s mathematical
learning. This article describes what it means to “empower” families and offers
specific strategies for teachers to enable and encourage families to contribute
to their child’s mathematical development in meaningful ways.