Exploring scales and acorns at the discovery table led to problem solving, writing, counting, graphing, weighing, and sorting in preschool!
We read the book "Inch by Inch" by Leo Lionni then enjoyed a little inchworm play dough measuring fun!
We have been exploring the use of measuring and cooking tools in our prek class. The children loved using the measuring tools to scoop up dried beans... Beans have a wonderful quality to them. They feel smooth to the touch which invites hands on exploration... As the children explored the beans, we were able to talk more about our measuring tools which included measuring cups, measuring spoons, and measuring scales... Later in the day, we [...]
After reading "Blueberries for Sal," we became "bakers" as one of my students observed and our little bakers made some blueberry muffins... We explored different kinds of measuring tools and cooking terms as we worked together to make our blueberry muffins... Our bakers took turns measuring and pouring in the different ingredients... Cooking presents such a great opportunity to introduce math, language, and new vocabulary... As we worked to measure and mix, we used words like ingredients, [...]
When I fill a sensory table, I usually have everything already in it that I think the children would like to play with but today, I just set out set out different items for Tristan to choose from... I set out a basket of rocks, some colorful green rice, a pile of plastic bugs, paint brushes, plastic laundry lids (for cups), and a set of scales... Tristan poured the rice in the sensory table first... [...]
There are all kinds of simple scales you can provide for inviting children to explore weight. Set out a set of scales along with a variety of items for the children to explore and compare... The bowls on the top of these scales come off which allows the children to easily fill the bowls then balance the bowls back on the scales and it also allows for the weighing of larger items like the fruit [...]
The preschoolers got a giggle out of comparing who was taller and who was shorter than the flower!
During circle time, these children explored the concept of longer and shorter... The teacher selected two children at a time to go and select an object from the room and bring it back to the circle. The two objects were then placed side by side so the children could determine which was longer and which was shorter... The teacher helped the children understand that when they compare the items to see which is longer and [...]
These preschoolers enjoyed the opportunity to explore measuring tools to do a little counting and comparing.