Our students love to fill their math bags with little objects from home then share them with the class. We get in all kinds of interesting math tokens to explore including lids, rocks, balls, small toys, and the list goes on. After sharing all of the many interesting tokens the children bring in, they all become part of our class loose parts math collections. I have written lots about our math bags in the past [...]
The number line is a very simple game that invites the children to use their whole bodies. As you know, young children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process and this definitely gets them involved. To begin our number line game, the children each picked a number card. I used tape to create a number line on the floor and we placed the number "0" on the first line on the floor [...]
Who knew that number lines could be so much fun? Well my students and I found out just how much fun they can be during one of our recent math bag days. We started our morning math by reading "The Line Up Book" by Marisabina Russo. This is a simple to read aloud book about a boy who is being called to eat his lunch but decides he needs to make a line of toys, [...]
I have a nice collection of holiday trinkets that I have built up over my years of teaching and these trinkets make wonderful loose parts for play and exploration around the classroom. For this table, the Pre-K children were invited to try their hand at making their own graph and then sort the holiday trinkets on their graph. Although we have done lots of graphing as a class, I hadn't started the children on drawing [...]
Today's invitation to make a simple pattern was connected to our recent exploration of circles...
We are always using our hands to hold things so I set up an invitation to explore how many things our paper hands (or real hands) can hold at the math table.
I made up a little high five game on our clip boards for the children to try. My goal was to encourage the children to explore a little counting in the process and it worked out fabulously! Read all about it on my blog!
I love offering the children everyday, simple things, like Qtips, to design and create with. I always hope that by supplying the children common household products, they might even be inspired to try the activities at home.
The flannel board is such a great teaching tool when you think outside the box a bit. This week, we turned the flannel board into a raindrop measuring graph!
As each new school year comes around, I add a little something here and there to spruce up the learning environment and to give me a little new inspiration in planning our program. This year, I added a new math table... This math table was originally a train table. For those of you who are not familiar with train tables, they are simple tables built low to the ground with a ledge all the way [...]