Founder ifvl, Numberland co-author and early years enthusiast
I have a university background in Business, Psychology and Communication (Dipl-Kffr., MSc). After several years in Sales & Marketing, my new (and I guess always meant to be) career started while I was a stay home mom: Contributing to the development of children while letting the good things happen.
In 2004, I volunteered in my children’s kindergarten, and came across the Numberland research project by early childhood pedagogue Dr. Gerhard Friedrich. The impact on my children Tom (rising 5) and Tina (3) was incredible. Not only were they completely absorbed by exploring numbers and shapes, they also benefited in their overall development. And what fun we had!
I wanted to help spreading this powerful and lovely concept among teachers so that all children of any background wood do well, have a good start and equal chances. The same year, 2004, I founded the ifvl. Gerhard was so kind so become my scientific advisor and we have developed Numberland further.
Ever since, I have been accompanying many projects and trained many hundreds of teachers, in Germany and internationally, in very different settings.
I am published co-author of the German best selling Numberland handbook Komm mit ins Zahlenland by Herder Publishing, Freiburg. With 75+k copies sold since 2004 and still in print!
I appreciate different settings and needs, so I am constantly developing and designing resources to ensure Numberland can take place anywhere in the world.
I am filled with gratitude for the positive feedback from the field, the international impetus, above all the difference Numberland makes to children!
Dr. Gerhard Friedrich
Author of the original Numberland concept and my Scientific Advisor since 2004
From 2003 to 2006, Gerhard led a research project on early maths education, initiated by the Ministry of Culture of Baden-Wurttemberg/ Germany. The objective was to develop a concept based on brain research, and early childhood development. The most encouraging test results were published (peer-reviewed) and led to the first version of Let’s visit Numberland.
Gerhard holds a PhD in Pedagogics and teaches General Didactics at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. His scientific research focuses on developing didactic concepts for early childhood education. Before, I used to be a teacher for maths, technics, pedagogics, and psychology.
His son Lutz, then 4, was among the first children to shape Numberland. Today, his granddaughter Toni helps to develop new ideas.
Co-author of My Garden is a Square
Educator, author and father of four in Queensland, Australia
Author of Math for All TBR Books
Mark’s website: mathsclassrenos
Further Numberland Enthusiasts and Contributors
Brazil — Bettina Prall (professora da educacao infantil), Sao Paulo, Brazil
Estonia — Reeli Tänavsuu (kindergarten teacher and head), Pärnu, Estonia
Israel — Zilla Lemberger Freedman (owner of cMc – The Children’s Math Centre www.cMcmath.com), Israel
Malaysia — Larissa Charles (early childhood educator and consultant, author), Sengalor, Malaysia
Romania — Friedl Kast (Hoffnung für eine neue Generation e.V., Germany www.hoffnung.org), working in Romania
Turkey — Dença Nerse (psychologist, kindergarten teacher), Istanbul, Turkey
UK — Cherri Moseley (math consultant, book author), Norwich, UK
USA — Uta Rockel (preschool and Pre-K teacher), Washington, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
USA —Carola Hauer-Berry (Pre-K and kindergarten teacher), Texas, USA
Zambia — Lea Eichberger (primary teacher, former Commundo Co-Worker)
A glimpse of international Numberland travellers – and a wonderful proof that children enjoy the same things everywhere and that maths is a global language!
Numberland is also popular among international schools because of their children’s bilingual background.
It’s in fact hard to keep up …