Yes! You Should Teach Math to Preschool and First Grade Students

Young children love to touch and feel concrete objects. They love to move and immerse themselves in their surroundings. They are curious about everything around them. Maria Montessori knew this and incorporated sensory activities into early learning lessons. 

Deborah Stipek, a Stanford University professor and former dean of education, has researched how children learn math and best teaching practices for success with math.  She has long predicted that we are not paying enough attention to math instruction in schools. Early math instruction provides children with a strong foundation to build on just as it does for literacy. Her research as well as that of others, points out how, “Math can predict reading success and failure.” 

The research is supporting the statement, but so far the reason is not really confirmed. It is thought that perhaps it is related to executive function.  Further research points to how high school math failure begins with early number knowledge in first grade. Preschool children and first graders can learn to love math if it is taught through multisensory methods. 

This is where a passion for math begins, or at the least it eliminates failure. Learn more about Stipek’s research and recommendations for early learners here.

Learn more about Multisensory OG Math.

Why the Prospect Centre logo is a robust tree.

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Our tree represents potential and growth built on a strong foundation at its core and in its root philosophy. That foundation is the Orton-Gillingham Approach for teaching which a rich enduring form of instruction. It is the perfect process for teaching every child who is struggling to learn or improve their basic skills.

If you are seeking support for your child, it’s important to know that Orton Gillingham instruction is highly successful but it is not a quick fix formula. Strong, durable learning takes time. At Prospect Centre, Orton Gillingham teaching has these elements at its core so your child will succeed.

Potential – Each student is an individual with strengths that are developed and strengthened through individual lessons for each and every student.

Discovery – While focussing on these strengths our practitioners learn daily what works best to maximize learning and retention for each individual child. Thus, our students discover the best way they learn, so all learning both inside and outside of Prospect Centre is made stronger.

Outlook – our students begin to see themselves as strong learners. They are able to navigate learning challenges with the skills, tools and deep understanding of their own learning needs. 


We believe everyone has valuable traits, and therefore everyone can develop those into real skills and worthwhile contributions to life. Contact us at anytime.