New research from psychologists at the University of Missouri (UM) confirms the importance of knowing basic mathematics by first grade in order to be successful in math in fifth grade.

The three basic competencies vital to success are:

- Numbers
- Counting
- Low-Level Arithmetic

Dancing Moose has had a strong emphasis on basic mathematics skills incorporating the hands-on Montessori materials to the abstract numbers.

We are happy to introduce a new **Math Expressions Program** that will add to our Montessori Math and be initiated this year in Kindergarten, first, and second grades.

After students understand basic math facts and counting, the new program will:

- Teach them to express math operations verbally
- Teach them to express math operations in writing
- Provide a solid foundation in general education studies

According to David Geary, UM’s Curator’s Professor of Psychological Sciences,

“Math is critical for success in many fields, and the United States is not doing a great job of teaching math.” Further he states, “In order to improve basic instruction, we have to know what to instruct.”

Dancing Moose is excited to meet the challenge of helping students not only recognize numbers and counting, but to work toward foundations of mathematical expressions.