Math PK-2

Math PK-2

Understanding the Factors that impact math and how they interact can help you build tools and lessons to help all learners become successful mathematicians.


Our Learner Factors

See how these critical variables that impact learning success connect to create a whole picture of each learner. Then explore these connections to design tools and lessons that increase supports for learner variability.

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Strategies for Learning

You have a wide variety of learners, and we can help you support them. Explore our extensive collection of research-based strategies, learn which Factors each supports, and get inspired by examples of the strategies in products and lessons.

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The goal of early math is to understand how numbers work together. Each learner’s unique journey begins as they explore basic math skills like Counting and Cardinality in their Home Learning Environment. Once in school, students tackle more complex math using cognitive processes like Working Memory. With Motivation, each learner can ultimately become a successful mathematician.

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How Do Students Become Successful Mathematicians?

The goal is understanding what numbers mean and how they work together.

This overview is an introduction to this Model. Each LPS Learner Model is a research-driven, holistic representation of all of the critical variables, what we call the Learner Factors, that affect how learners learn. These Factors are the foundation of learner diversity. Scroll up to explore all of the Factors in this model.

To create these Models, we follow a systematic methodology led by our expert LPS researchers. The process is also overseen by an advisory committee of leading content area and learning sciences experts.

Advisory Board for Math PK-2

The following leading researchers supported the development of our Math PK-2 Model and are a source of continued suggestions for improvement.

  • David Geary, Ph.D., Curators' Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri
  • Ximena Dominguez, Ph.D., formerly Senior Research Scientist, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International, and currently Director of Early STEM Research, Digital Promise
  • Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D., Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
  • Todd Rose, Ph.D., Lecturer on Education and Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program, Harvard University, and co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity