# About What is Moving through Math?

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There are five pillars of the Moving Through Math program, 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

### 1: Pattern Foundations in Music, Dance, and Mathematics

Students explore how patterns form the building blocks of music, dance, and mathematics. Students leverage their deeper understanding of pattern to unpack the foundational structures of mathematics.

### 2: Grouping Games for Teaching the Language of Mathematics

Students collaborate in small groups to plan, rehearse, and perform mathematical situations. Children use the Language of Math to precisely describe their thinking.

### 3: Moving Through MathToy Stories

Young students manipulate small toys and found objects to tell mathematical stories. Using the storyteller’s skills of voice, gesture, and facial expression brings these mathematical tales to life.

### 4: What do you See? Math Talks

Students look at pictures, drawings, or models and freely describe what they see. Through the gradual introduction of math terms, students refine their observations to describe the mathematics of the situation.

### 5: Spatial & Geometric Concepts

Students use their bodies to explore how objects, lines, and shapes transform and move through space. Creative movement adds a powerful dimension to the study of geometry.

##### Marcia Daft

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