CA Association for the Education of Young Children


Presenters: Elizabeth Gamino and Jaclyn Russell

Venue: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA

Date: April 20 , 2018

Learning Mathematics Through Play

Providing opportunities to build children’s mathematical understanding.

The goal of this workshop is for all levels of early learning staff to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of play and how it can be incorporated into their current curriculum to support students’ cognitive development of mathematics. This is in conjunction with promoting children’s problem solving and reasoning processes through offering a rich range of mathematical experiences, both in formal and informal teaching structures.

Hands-on activities and use of video will be used to invite participants to observe children as they construct their mathematical knowledge around number, counting, and cardinality through intentional play activities.

AIMS Center Presenters

Elizabeth Gamino is a Research Associate. Elizabeth joined the Early Learning Math team here at the AIMS Center after a 24-year career with Fresno Unified School District where she served as the Pre K-12 Mathematics/Science Curriculum Manager, an elementary teacher, staff and curriculum developer, and teacher on special assignment working in the Mathematics Department. Elizabeth is an active participant in both the math and early learning communities, she is a member of the California Math Council, NCTM, TODOS, NAEYC, and CAEYC. Additionally, she has worked closely with the Council of Great City Schools serving on their Mathematics Advisory team, their Bilingual Education, Key Performance Indicators, and Innovative Professional Development committees. Currently, Elizabeth serves on The Children’s Movement School Readiness work group and is a board member for Stone Soup Fresno. Elizabeth is an advocate for equitable and quality mathematical experiences for all children beginning with our youngest learners.

Jaclyn Russell is a Research Associate for the Early Mathematics Team at the AIMS Center. Jaclyn started her educational career in the Clovis Unified School District in 2010. She was an intervention teacher for grades ranging from Transitional Kindergarten to sixth grade, she taught kindergarten for five years, was the coordinator for the ASES afterschool program and was part of a two-year math camp. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Fresno State, with a concentration in mathematics, holds her Multiple Subject teaching credential, and is currently completing her MA in STEM education at Fresno Pacific University. Jaclyn’s love for learning is fostered by her own children’s love of exploring, creating, and learning through experiences. Jaclyn’s passion is to promote and encourage teachers to create a solid foundation for kids, starting with the early childhood education through research and the desire to help teachers build our future by empowering children to love learning.

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