Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: Erikson Institute

The Early Math Collaborative’s “Big Ideas” workshop offer teachers a comprehensive list of key (JK-1) foundational mathematical knowledge and concepts as determined from the research. The Big Ideas are developmentally appropriate mathematical concepts that can be taught to children aged 3-6. Building on current research from the fields of cognitive science and mathematics education the workshop explores 26 Big Ideas across the math strands that are familiar to ECE educators- sets, patterns, number, counting, operations, measurement, data analysis, shapes and spatial thinking.


JK- 1 teachers, ECE, Math Resource teachers, Numeracy Coaches


  • Through the use of video clips teachers gain insights into how to help young children develop mathematical thinking
  • Learn how to be more intentional and explicit in teaching key Big Ideas
  • Learn how to be more flexible with mathematical choices and activities to build mathematical foundations
  • Discover the links between Early Childhood research, classroom practice, and the NCTM processes
  • Participate in practical activities, strategies and lessons that you can use in daily classroom practice
  • Explore opportunities for mathematical pedagogical documentation

Course Fee and Number of Participants
$180 per person - minimum 50 participants, or $199.95 including resource - minimum 50 participants
Premium author-led workshop 

Delivery Method
Face to Face

Related Resources

Big Ideas in Early Mathematics
Erikson Institute

In this unique guide, classroom teachers, coaches, curriculum coordinators, college students, and teacher educators get a practical look at the foundational concepts and skills of early mathematics, and see how to implement them in their early childhood classrooms.