In every classroom, at any time during the day, the potential for a math moment exists. The 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, we use a variety of materials and ideas to create an environment in which children explore math concepts. We have board games, puzzles, matching and guessing games, dominoes, cards, pattern blocks, and collections of objects that give children opportunities to recognize numbers and build math skills.
Math moments occur everywhere all you have to do is look around the room. In blocks , children construct cities by sorting and organizing and use words like long, short ,small and tall. When we do “wish you well” in the morning we count how many children are on the rug. “ We usually have 11. How many children are missing?” We look at numbers daily on our calendar and count down to special events. There are so many opportunities that present themselves naturally to explore math.
This week is Arkansas Childrens Week and the emphasis in on math – “Making Amazing Things Happen .” Look at that catchy little acronym.
I tried doing a cool cup tower with numbers today.
Alas, the most important part of our day was meeting Delta. I don’t know who is more smitten- the kids or Delta.
They wore her out so much she went to her crate and slept quietly for an hour.
I’m sure we will begin to see “puppy play” in the dramatic play area. I’m ready for it. Hmmm. How can I add math to the kids puppy play?