Higher Education

Experiences in Math for Young Children, 6th Edition

  • Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D. Weber State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111301506  |  ISBN-13: 9781111301507
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $132.25
  *Why an online review copy?
  • It's the greener, leaner way to review! An online copy cuts down on paper and on time. Reduce the wait (and the weight) of printed texts. Your online copy arrives instantly, and you can review it anytime from your computer or favorite mobile device.

If you prefer a print copy to review, please contact your representative.



EXPERIENCES IN MATH FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 6th Edition, focuses on the developmental sequence of mathematics for young children and its integration with other content areas. For each mathematics concept presented, Charlesworth provides a picture of how the concept might be incorporated into music and movement, language arts, visual arts, science, and social studies for children from birth through age eight. Early education students learn about problem solving as the major means for constructing concepts with a balance of naturalistic, informal, and structured activities. Students are also prepared to put concepts into action with the assessment, instructional, and evaluation strategies provided in each unit. Finally, the text provides specific information about active approaches to mathematics, materials and resources for setting up learning centers, guidance on parental involvement, and Internet resources.

Features and Benefits

  • Integrates math with other content areas as recommended by early childhood education professionals.
  • Presents content compatible with national standards and guidelines, preparing new and seasoned teachers to help the children in their care meet those standards.
  • Incorporates developmentally appropriate assessment tasks that are in keeping with the national movement calling for authentic assessment.
  • Aligns with the national effort for more parental involvement in children’s learning by including a unit on math in the home, neighborhood, and community.

Table of Contents

1. How Concepts Develop in Mathematics.
2. How Concepts Are Acquired.
3. Promoting Young Children’s Concept Development Through Problem Solving.
4. Assessing Young Children’s Developmental Level.
5. One-to-One Correspondence.
6. Number Sense and Counting.
7. Logic and Classifying.
8. Comparing.
9. Early Geometry: Shape.
10. Early Geometry: Spatial Sense.
11. Parts and Wholes.
12. Language and Concept Formation.
13. Ordering, Seriation, and Patterning.
14. Measurement: Volume, Weight, Length, and Temperature.
15. Measurement: Time.
16. Interpreting Data Using Graphs.
17. Integrating the Curriculum through Dramatic Play and Thematic Units and Projects. Section IV: SYMBOLS AND HIGHER-LEVEL ACTIVITIES.
18. Symbols.
19. Groups and Symbols.
20. Higher-Level Activities and Concepts.
Section V: Mathematics Concepts and Operations for the Primary Grades.
21. Operations with Whole Numbers.
22. Patterns.
23. Fractions.
24. Numbers Above Ten and Place Value.
25. Geometry, Data Collection, and Algebraic Thinking.
26. Measurement with Standard Units.
27. Materials and Resources for Math.
28. Math in Action.
29. Math in the Home.
Appendix A: Developmental Assessment Tasks.
Appendix B: Children’s Books, Software and Web Sites with Math Concepts.

What's New

  • New! Presents expanded coverage of theoretical foundations with the addition of the views of Bruner and Dienes.
  • New! Includes a description of Polya’s contributions to mathematics instruction.
  • New! Expands the discussion of traditional vs. reform instruction.
  • New! Includes reference to the National Research Council early childhood mathematics report and the NCTM Focal Points.
  • New! Presents a new technology box with technology resources that early childhood educators can evaluate for use in the classroom.
  • New! Incorporates new references and updated Further Reading sections.
  • New! Includes recent insights on instruction for special needs students.
  • New! Enhances the narrative with photos and children’s work samples.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111750130 | ISBN-13: 9781111750138)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D.

Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D., is professor emerita and retired department chair in the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. During her tenure at Weber State University, she worked with the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education to develop continuity from preprimary to primary school in the program for students in the early childhood education licensure program. She also contributed as a guest presenter in the Elementary Mathematics Methods class. Dr. Charlesworth is known for her contributions to research on early childhood teachers' beliefs and practices. She taught courses in early education and child development at other universities before joining the faculty at Weber State University. In 1999, she was the co-recipient of the NAECTE/Allyn & Bacon Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator award. In 2014 she received the Legacy Award from the WSU Child and Family Studies Department in recognition of her contributions to early childhood education. Dr. Charlesworth has provided service to the field through active involvement in professional organizations and is currently on the editorial board of the Early Childhood Education Journal.