Young children are constantly assessing the patterns in their worlds.
From how items fit together, to the similarities between objects in their environments, their awareness of logic and order compose a significant part of their play. To cultivate this, we used a variety of colored buttons to create sequences!
Sequencing hosts an array of developmental benefits; it enables your little one to see how items are alike and different; it helps visual acuity; AND, it fosters critical thinking skills. This activity consisted of students matching buttons to a diagram. Each diagram contained a missing item, and it was up to the student to determine what item it was. Through some trial and error, we enjoyed manipulating a variety of colorful buttons, laughing and learning in the process!
With color paper, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners, we practiced counting with this exciting math activity!
This activity consisted of each child constructing a caterpillar. To begin with, each child was given eight abdominal segments with numbers drawn on them. These numbers were to be attached to the “head” and counted, 1-6. We initiated this activity with a discussion of the numbers involved, and then clapped the amount of each.
Following, your budding mathematicians were shown a card with a number on it. They were then directed to place the correct segment to the head. This provided a forum for talking about “more” and “less”, counting to nine, concepts such as adding and subtracting, and more vocabulary associated with numbers!
By relating mathematical concepts to things that children are naturally curious about, (such as bugs) young students are more engaged and intrinsically motivated to learn! It is for this reason why we are always playing with bugs!
Using geometric shapes, and colorful illustrations, we practiced sorting shapes!
We began the activity with a discussion of what the different shapes we were working with looked like. We then attempted to draw some of our own.
Next, we talked about their colors. We came up with light green orange, purple, and red. We then attempted to sort them!
Children can learn through play and everyday life experiences. For the preschooler, learning common shapes by making a game out of making and finding shapes can reinforce important academic skills. These skills enable your little one to think critically. Most importantly, they have fun while they are learning!
Understanding the one-to-one correspondence of object to object is necessary before young children can carry out meaningful counting and higher calculations.
Children can find many opportunities in their daily life to experience one-to-one correspondence. They can place one sock inside one shoe or one shoe on one foot; they can get one napkin or snack for each member of the family or class; they can place one lid on each of several containers; they can place pieces in one-piece puzzles.
Once children understand these relationships, they can link one number with one object and then count with understanding. When students are ready to develop the skill of counting, they can benefit from learning several counting strategies to increase their accuracy and efficiency. Students sometimes develop one or more such strategies on their own, but it is to their benefit to provide training in this area.
As with any concepts or skills, it is important to start working with real objects and manipulatives and to continue providing these as learning aids. For this particular activity, we placed a predetermined number of petals on three different daisies. We practiced adding and subtracting the various petals, noticing the changes in quantity.
Measurement allows us to analyze the objects in our world.
We are constantly doing it.
Before they are even aware of this new vocabulary, young children are constantly measuring items.
Fostering an awareness of measurement can not only help them master everyday tasks, but nourish their growing ability to think critically.
For this particular activity, we discussed the difference between height and width.
We then measured the length of a three different toys with Unifix cubes.
“Bingo!” Who doesn’t like the thrill of finding the last item on your list, jumping out of your chair, and shouting you won?
Bingo is an incredibly fun game to play in group, is very easy to play, and can help rehearse anything from language vocabulary to math and historical facts.
Everyone can play the game together, regardless of level. And best of all, everyone wins! For this activity, we played Bingo using the numbers 1-10.
The students loved covering their numbers and shouting as they filled up their boards!
With the help of Unifix cubes and a board of colorful illustrations, we created varying sets of sequences, both counting and creating patterns to enhance cognitive and mathematical skills.
The children delighted in the variety of sequences, and loved counting and predicting what the next block was on the board.