Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Promoting Math Language

We again encouraged the children to string objects onto yarn using plastic needles. In an effort to embed math language into the experience we purposely displayed various sizes of beads at the centre. The children quickly realized that not all beads would fit over the needle and this led to an interesting discussion using much math terminology to describe the beads (e.g., big, little, size, measurement). The children also began to sort the beads into piles that did and did not fit the needles. Meaningful math opportunities embedded into playful experiences help children understand and appreciate topics that can sometimes seem abstract in isolation. We love to see meaningful math emerge in our work!

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