We are always striving to improve our counting and math skills! Using toy cars, a piece of craft foam, and our thinking minds, we created our very own parking lot!
We began the lesson with a review of numbers one through eight. We then practiced tracing the numbers with our fingers. Following that, we counted each numeral, one at a time.
Lastly, we parked our cars onto the correct numbers. Experiences that allow the application of mathematical principles are an integral factor in the development of mathematical concepts. This activity also fostered sequencing skills, as many of our budding mathematicians found pleasure in arranging their cars by color.
Since we are learning about Valentines Day, we decided to create our very own Lego hearts! To accomplish this, your little one was given a picture of a Lego heart as a visual organizer.
We then sorted our Legos into the various shapes on the heart. This activity fulfilled several developmental tasks. First, your little one learned about the various shapes of Legos by pairing the visual shape with the three-dimensional object.
Secondly, we discussed several vocabulary words, such as right, left, on top, and around. Lastly, your budding mathematician practiced several premath skills, such as patterning and sequence making.
Using Legos and number boards with illustrations, we learned and revisited counting and Arabic numerals! Each child was given a group of Legos, and a number board with different illustrations of Legos on it.
The children were then asked what the number was, to put their Legos on the quantity, and to count their Legos as they did so. These Legos ranged from 1-4. Once again, we are using things that our little ones are naturally interested in to teach about counting, numeral recognition, and patterns!
Not limited to just numbers, preschool math incorporates a broad range of skill sets and knowledge including sorting, colors and recognizing groups and patterns. These activities teach our little ones about problem solving and using logic. This activity also involved fine motor skills, as they manipulated their Legos and attached them to their rows.
We are having so much fun playing and learning with numbers.
Today we fished for magnetic numbers in our water table!
Each child used a fishing pole to catch a number and transfer it to its matching mat.
As they caught each number, they were encouraged to say the name of the number.
They then placed it on a mat, and continued to catch numbers until all of them were gone!
This fun challenge enabled your little one to practice their number recognition and pre-math skills!
Counting in its various forms is an integral component in your child’s daily life.
Most educators agree that counting is the single most effective element in your little one’s emerging mathematical development.
Not only is counting essential in everyday routines, but a significant factor in the development of number and arithmetic concepts and skills.
For this particular activity, your budding mathematician was instructed to place plastic numbers onto a number board, counting as they did so from one to twenty.
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 leaves on four different carrots. We practiced adding and subtracting the various leaves, noticing the changes in quantity.
As part of simple, tactile play – play dough can be squashed, squeezed, rolled, flattened, chopped, cut, scored, raked, punctured, poked and shredded!
Each one of these different actions aids fine motor development in a different way, not to mention hand-eye coordination and general concentration. It is for these reasons that I use play dough so often, and for some many different learning experiences. Many young children are tactile learners and require the sense of touch to interact with the world around them.
Because we are learning about all things related to numbers, I combined play dough, a number mat, and our thinking minds to learn more about counting! There were two components of this activity. Students first traced the number fifteen (on the number mat) with their fingers. They then clapped and chanted the number.
Lastly, they pinched off fifteen small pieces of play dough and placed them on fifteen spots. Allowing so many opportunities for learning (clapping, chanting, listening, and speaking) enables all learners to connect with the material, and ensures their success. When children feel successful, they are more motivated to learn.
Writing our own Seuss-inspired books provided a host developmental benefits. Your little ones took pride in what they drew and thought up, and were excited to share their stories with their parents and their class. Please enjoy them below!