The young child and mathematics focuses on children from age three to eight and their mathematical learning. The author places the child at the centre of the process and shares with the reader her many years of experience including the insights she has gained both through her readings, observations of other teachers and experts, but most of all from the children she has taught.
A wealth of vignettes from classrooms, activity ideas, and strategies for teaching young children about maths processes and concepts reflect recent developments in maths education. The accompanying DVD includes both print and video resources of the author engaging young children in mathematical thinking and learning.
Copley emphasises throughout her book three importance lessons she has learnt. First, spend time observing and listening to children. Second, remember that every child is important. Third, encourage investigation and remember that children construct their own knowledge.