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MoMath Launches “MathPlay” Preschool Classes to Improve Early STEM Education

MoMath Launches “MathPlay” Preschool Classes to Improve Early STEM Education

There will be sessions for three, four, and five year olds, which will all allow kids to play, explore, and engage with STEM.

The National Museum of Mathematics launched MathPlay, new preschool classes designed to improve early childhood STEM education, on Jan. 9. These classes will be led by a preschool specialist and STEM educator, and all sessions will be held at MoMath. Classes for three-, four-, and five-year-olds will involve interactive activities that allow them to play, explore, and engage with different STEM themes each week. Kids are encouraged to create their own visual and audible patterns, measure the size of different objects, and identify the characteristics of different shapes through songs, stories, and games.

“A child’s math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading,” said Cindy Lawrence, CEO and Executive Director of MoMath. “As the only Math Museum in North America, we are eager to help young children build a strong foundation in mathematics so that they feel confident in their skills when it’s time to learn in a classroom setting.”

Each MathPlay lesson will build on different math concepts, and will also help instill creativity, broaden kids’ math skills, improve problem-solving skills, fine tune motor coordinator, and enhance kids’ communication skills. Sessions for three-year-olds will be held on Thursdays at 9:30am through March 26, and for four- and five-year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 31 at 4pm. MoMath is located at 11 E. 26th St. beside Madison Square Park and is full of interactive exhibits, different programming for kids, school break programming, and more mathematic fun for the whole family. For more information on programming for kids, visit the MoMath website.

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