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One of the wonderful things about play based learning (amongst many others) is that opportunities for literacy and numeracy pop up all the time. All we need to do is to recognise the moment and take advantage of it.

At Ellie V.Preschool, when we were visiting recently, a boy was playing with a magnetic fishing game. Usually the children like to count how many fish each of them have caught, a wonderful numeracy activity in itself.

This child however was checking out the numbers on the back of each fish.

We encouraged him to turn them over and count the dots on the other side to see if the number and dots matched.

From then on each time he caught a fish he checked that the numbers were the same as the dots.

He had a laugh when we talked about the weights that had the number 1,000 on them – “NO WAY! You can’t fit THAT many dots on there!” he said!

Play is such an irresistible way to introduce our preschooler to maths!


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3 Responses to “simple preschool maths”

  1. avatar Scott says:

    Guess you couldn’t fool him – with that 1000 number.

    This is great math/number learning. My wife was been a high school math teacher for several years – and is a strong advocate for appropriate foundational math instruction in the early years.

    ::: Your wife is spot on Scott and like science, math’s is ALL around us so while they naturally play they naturally learn. As educators we just have to learn to pick up on those opportunities!! :) :)


  2. Great story.

    You know, seeing and picking up on those opportunities for extension of an activity is the hardest thing for new childcare workers and young ECTs to learn. So if you’ve got a student in your room, help them- point out the openings for maths, literacy and so on- show them how to extend. So important, so hard to learn without years of experience!

    ::: You’re right Candy. While we don’t have to turn every experience into a learning one, it is important to be aware that there IS a learning experience in everything a child does and picking up on that and running with it when the time is right, as you’ve pointed out, is one of the hard parts of teaching.


  3. They did a great job of setting up this activity. It looks so inviting.

    ::: You’re right Jill … it looked and was irresistible! :) :)

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