The purpose of this paper is to explain the importance of play-based learning in early childhood mathematics classroom through culturally sustaining experiences. Approaches to providing culturally sustaining play-based learning within the classroom will be described. The intent is to provide instruction that allows students to be able to connect their imagination and real-world experiences to their mathematics learning through play.




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Makenzie Evans is a kindergarten teacher in Mankato, Minnesota. Makenzie graduated in 2012 from Minnesota State University majoring in Elementary Education with a specialty in middle school mathematics. After years of teaching first grade and kindergarten, she knew she wanted to find a graduate program that emphasized elementary mathematics. Makenzie believes that early childhood mathematics should be centered around structured, yet imaginative, play within the classroom. She encourages children to make connections to the world and focuses on creating a culturally sustaining experience for children to connect their home and school learning. When Makenzie is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and visiting as many parks as possible!

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