Bears and Chairs

To ignite the excitement and love of math in young minds of today for future success tomorrow.

Enriching early math learning experiences during the formative years (3-8) is critical for promoting motivation to learn.

Evidence demonstrates that preschool-aged children are excited about learning and enjoy activities that develop their mathematics competencies (National Research Council, 2001).

Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning math, the better he or she does down the road.

There's evidence that math matters early in life, says Mann Koepke, of NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Number system knowledge is sophisticated, and a study shows children who start elementary school without those concepts "seem to struggle enormously," says Mann Koepke. 

While schools tend to focus on math problems around third grade, and math learning disabilities often are diagnosed by fifth grade, the new findings suggest "the need to intervene is much earlier than we ever used to think," she adds.

"We should be talking to our children about magnitude, numbers, distance, shapes as soon as they're born," she contends. "More than likely, this is a positive influence on their brain function."

Bears and Chairs

Bears and Chairs were developed to help the young child (3-5) begin learning the pre-number concepts needed before the number concepts.  Each cylinder has twenty chairs, which come in four colors and several different shapes.  The child is able to sort the chairs in more than one way.  There are also twenty bears (16 small bears, two medium bears and two large bears).  The different sizes help the child with order and comparison activities as well as story telling with some of our Math Mats.  Each container comes with a booklet with specific activities to do with the child to build knowledge.

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