::: simple preschool maths
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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