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By helping even the youngest students learn to notice and analyze naturally-occurring patterns all around them, we can build a foundation for critical thinking that they will use for the rest of their lives.
This shift towards student-led instruction is much easier said than done, but we have to take small steps to move in that right direction.
Think about the idea of number quantity and the ten frame and compare it to phonemic awareness and words – we want students to achieve literacy in both areas. Students must be able to play with these things, changing them in their heads in a way that makes sense.