In every classroom, at any time during the day, the potential for a math moment exists. Our room is one big learning center where strands of mathematical discovery are continually being woven. Children learn to make sense of their world through every day experiences .
To stimulate a math moment I use a variety of materials and ideas to create an environment in which children explore math concepts.
Math moments occur in many places as you look around the room. In the block play area , children construct cities by sorting and organizing and using words like long, short, small, and tall. When we are going in and out of our doors we check to make sure all of our friends are with us by counting . We vote on certain activities that we do and compare quantities.
Parents can accept the challenge to find math concepts at home and in about town. With your child, identify numbers and shapes in your junk mail. Look for signs on houses that have numbers. As you cook or do errands together, you can make comments or ask questions that encourage meaningful math understandings.