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Mental representations use in early childhood schooling

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What are mental representations and why are they a critical factor in the ability of young children to create and use symbols? As a classroom teacher, how will you support/implement mental representations for students?

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Mental representations involve receiving knowledge, understanding, recognition, and use of symbols in learning of language and mathematics. Symbols are an integral component of learning processes as their knowledge leads to mastery of content in subjects that make use of symbols.

From early on in childhood education, presentation of mental representations ensures that children will be able to retain what they learn about symbols and their meanings. With graduating grade levels, and at age appropriate learning standards, children will then be able to build upon basic symbols information to absorb more complex mental representations.

Geometry and algebra are an excellent example of mental representations ...

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