All children love and want to learn the language of maths! It is crucial they build a solid bridge of a thorough conceptual understanding of numbers before they enter formal tuition.
If we take their perspective, consequently and 100% consider how they see the world, what they need and like, then we turn learning that basic understanding into a joyful experience, sparking children and unburdening teachers!
Let's' visit Numberland by Dr. Gerhard Friedrich started as an acclaimed research project (peer reviewed) in Germany back in 2004 and has become an international success. It is a simple idea, a co-constructive and holistic approach, no fancy resources required or a strict programme:
We just pretend that numbers have a home, like we all do ... We visit these numbers, explore and build their homes together. Thus, we create gardens full of maths - with neighbours, houses, geometrically shaped gardens, flower beds, ... and so much to do and talk about that the synergy of cross-curricular effects is massive.
So with a simple idea, we bring relevant maths into a context that means something to children and matters to them. Let's visit Numberland helps children (and teachers) to gradually build the bridge from their inborn understanding to the formal language of maths. It paves the way, lays the basic structure and helps organise and structure all maths experiences to come.
It is my joy and mission to make this wonderful holistic concept available to teachers and children around the world - with pragmatic ideas, trainings, as a conference speaker.
I have been witnessing the tremendous positive effect of a specific holistic concept on children, no matter their socio-economic background, culture or country. Starting with my own two children (then 3 and 4yo :-)
Currently, projects are running in community schools in Zambia and with indigenous people in Malaysia.
In 2004, my own two children and me were among the first to travel to Numberland - at home, with self-made resources. The joy and development of my children and their friends started the fire ...
Founder of ifvl to make Let's visit Numberland available widely (since 2004)
International trainer and presenter
Education / Training
MBA / Diplom-Kauffrau in Business Administration and Psychology (University of Mannheim, Germany)
MSc in Communication (University of Stirling, Scotland)
Six years in the consumer goods industry
Mother of two children who started it all
International trainer and conference speaker, published author since 2004
Children are the same everywhere. Maths is a universal language. All children love and want to learn that language. If we just 100% take their perspective and provide a carefully designed surrounding, the natural things happen.
The early years of children are crucial and coin their entire life, both as a being and their academic career.
I love contributing to both of it. Make children spark, fill them with self-esteem and unfold their potential. Unburden teachers in their ever so important tasks.
It is all there! We just need to trust in our children, in ourselves and let the good things happen.
Or, to say it with Plutarch: The mind is not a vessel to be filled. It is a fire to be ignited!