Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
We have been working very hard to help children develop confidence with number sense. We want them to be able to 'play' with numbers and recognize number relationships, especially to 10. On our morning message we encouraged them to fill in ten frames with stickers to correspond with a specific numeral.
During playtime we posted blank ten frames on an easel with stickers and pencils and encouraged the children to fill in their own ten frames and write the corresponding number.
It was interesting to see the children's desire to work together and compare numbers. We love to see children helping one another in their journey to enjoy math and develop deeper confidence and abilities!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
"Pete the Cat" is always a favourite character of young children! Today we read the book "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons". In this story Pete loses his buttons one by one and the reader is challenged to think of how many are left on his shirt each time. It's a great reinforcer of subtraction, complete with subtraction sentences to accompany the pages.
We decided to set up a math invitation based on Pete's buttons - we used ten frames, plastic buttons, wooden numbers, and dry erase markers.
The materials were open-ended and it was interesting to see what the children decided to do when visiting the centre.
Some children found a number, matched the corresponding buttons on the ten frame, and then practised writing the number themselves!
Other children wanted to challenge themselves to think of addition and subtraction sentences and record these under the ten frames.
It's interesting how using appealing manipulatives inspires children to think about math in new and exciting ways!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
We tried a new activity this week. After colouring white glue with creamy baker's food colouring, the children were invited to squirt the glue into interesting swirls and designs on thick paper.
Once dry, watercolours were placed at the art area and the children were encouraged to paint on top and in between the swirls.
This activity required patience and perseverance as the children carefully worked to paint the different sections of their design.
The results were stunning! Check them out next time you visit our classroom!
Monday, March 9, 2015
We wondered what the children would do with loose farm parts - mini animals, sticks, rocks and wood cookies.
They began to create mini Playscapes with the materials, telling stories about how their farms and fields were organized as they did.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Look at the amazing math that happened when our children found lucky coins, dominoes, and ten frames at the math center!
Our children automatically began to represent numerals in different ways (numbers, coins on ten frames, dominoes) and this led to some rich discussion regarding what numbers look like and how we can add them together in addition sentences to make new numbers.