The Early Learning in Math and Science course was created from 2014-2017 through a collaboration between UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and Los Medanos College, thanks to support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
We are grateful to the undergraduate students in the Child Development Department at Los Medanos College who participated in pilot testing the course and generously provided their valuable feedback to help develop the curriculum. Special thanks go to faculty members Kathyrn Neilson at Los Medanos College and Geri Quilici at Diablo Valley College for further reviewing and testing course materials and for sharing their experiences so willingly.
Thanks to the staff at the Los Medanos College Child Study Center for their suggestions and other contributions to the refinement of the exemplar activity guides. Thanks also to the children at the Center who participated in activity testing and who enliven many of the photographs in the PowerPoint slides.
We are thankful to the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative team for writing the Big Ideas of Early Mathematics book that is so integral to the ELMS course. The math sections of the Instructor Guides and PowerPoints are based extensively on the Big Ideas book and are greatly enhanced by this exceptional resource. Erikson instructional materials are the most accessible, practical, and effective tools we have discovered to help both pre-service and more experienced teachers increase content knowledge and confidence in teaching early math in developmentally appropriate ways.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1244978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.