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TRIAD = Technology-enhanced, Research-based, Instruction, Assessment, and professional Development

he curriculum is based on teaching for understanding using developmental guidelines, or learning trajectories, and technologies, such as computer softtware for children.

Advantages for You and Your Child

  • Children participate in a “"tried and true" curriculum that has been shown to increase the mathematics achievement of young children. (Children begin on a staggered basis, with some children beginning in the first year, and others within the next two years. Teachers of children who do not participate during the first year will teach mathematics as they always have.)
  • The basic approach in this curriculum is finding the mathematics in, and developing mathematics from, children's activity.
  • The software helps children extend and mathematize their everyday activities, from building blocks to art to songs and stories to puzzles.
  • The curriculum materials emphasize meaningful mathematical problems and depth rather than exposure.
  • The curriculum covers numbers and number activities, including counting, one-to-one correspondence, comparing number sets, recognizing small collections, composing, adding/subtraction, and more. The curriculum also provides activities centering around shapes—recognizing shapes, identifying them, matching and comparing shapes—as well as patterning and measuring.
  • Your child benefits because his/her teacher receives professional development to ensure high quality teaching of the curriculum.
  • As part of the program, you and your child do family-child math activities at home
  • You are able to express your views about your child's mathematics learning via the family questionnaire.
  • You can visit family pages on the TRIAD web-site to learn more about the project.


The math assessment consists of fun, game-like mathematics activities which your child will participate in on a one-to-one basis with a researcher, in school, outside the classroom (usually at a table in the hallway). This activity will take place in the fall and the spring of your child's preschool year, and in the Spring in your children's Kindergarten and 1st grade year, even if your child changes schools