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AboutWhat is Moving through Math?

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Moving Through Math is a PreK-Grade 5 arts integration STEM program that teaches math concepts through music, dance, and dramatic play. The program has five pillars, with each pillar developing specific mathematical habits of mind. For example, music helps students understand pattern and structure, the building blocks of mathematics. Drama invites students to practice speaking and listening as they enact mathematical situations. And creative movement develops the spatial reasoning needed to master geometry. These teaching strategies move students beyond rote memorization to develop conceptual thinking in mathematics.

Moving Through Math offers a complete mathematics curriculum in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Teaching conceptually in the early years lays a foundation of mathematical thinking that lasts a lifetime. The MTM Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum is language based and specifically develops analysis, creativity, collaboration, and executive function skills.

For grades 1-5 Moving Through Math offers supplemental math lessons that target key math concepts such as place value, skip counting, and multiplication. MTM is fully aligned with NCTM Process Standards and Common Core Math Standards and Practices.

The 5 Pillars of Moving Through Math

Music and Movement

1: Patterns in Music, Dance, and Mathematics

Pattern Foundations is a children’s STEM program that teaches how patterns form the building blocks of all mathematics. Students deeply analyze the patterns of counting, addition, multiplication, fractions, and more. Then kids look for those same pattern structures in music and dance. Through this process, students discover math patterns everywhere in the world around them!


2: Grouping Games for Teaching the Language of Mathematics

In the Grouping Games arts integration program, children plan, rehearse and perform mathematical situations to develop fluency with the Language of Math. Students develop collaboration skills working together in small groups. Children build confidence and responsibility performing for the class. And kids enthusiastically create unique scenarios that bring to life the Language of Math.


3: Moving Through Math
Toy Stories

Moving Through Math Toy Stories is an arts integration program where children use voice, gesture, and facial expression to bring mathematical tales to life. Young students manipulate small toys and found objects while telling stories with embedded math concepts. Through story telling and story mapping, students discover the foundations of math.

Visual Literacy

4: What Do You See? Math Talks

Students look at pictures or objects and describe what they see, learning how to use math terms to describe the mathematical elements of every situation. Kids start by taking turns coming to the board and sharing everything they notice. As the teacher gradually introduces math terms, students refine their observations, slowly zeroing in on the mathematics of the situation.

Creative Movement

5: Spatial & Geometric Concepts

In this arts integration STEM program children use creative movement to explore geometry. Learning moves off the page and into the children’s minds and bodies when they physically flip and rotate lines and shapes through space. Research shows that creative movement adds a powerful dimension to the development of spatial reasoning!


About Moving Through Math

Marcia Daft

Marcia drew from her backgrounds in music, education, and engineering to create Moving Through Math.

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