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 [...]
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 [...]
Dominoes are a wonderful tool for play and I have a collection of dominoes that I pull out every school year for the children to explore. On this particular day, the children spent time tinkering with dominoes on our tinker table...
Over the past four years, I have blogged off and on about our math bags so I thought I would bring a little update to our use of the math bags this year. To begin with, each of our students have their own math bag that they take home each week and fill with five or so small items (called math tokens) that they have found around the house... As a group, the children share [...]