We add math every day in all areas of our preschool classroom to encourage the children to explore numbers in a variety of ways...
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These are the obvious sorting activities, but there are so many others that just seem to happen naturally throughout our morning. Putting things away in proper bins, sorting what goes into the trash and what goes back into the bag at snack time, sorting the colored markers when putting them away.
COOKING AND MEASURING
So much math is being learned while we do even the simplest cooking activities and any activities involving measuring! How many? What shape? How full? How much?
LARGE MOTOR GAMES
Yes, even in the gym and outdoors we are counting and identifying! Hopscotch, tossing beanbags until the bucket is full, counting how many spins a child takes on the spinner, counting while rocking on the rocky boat, assembling the large waffle blocks....
You can find a list of our favorite fine motor toys here.
SIZE AND MEASUREMENT
One of my favorite moments last year was when my boy-heavy 3's class connected pieces that almost reached across the classroom. They used rulers to figure out how long it was, and then they got down on their backs so we could see how many children were as long as the pieces. What a wonderful learning moment!
Here are some of our favorite tray activities!
We learn about and draw shapes in many ways. In our journals with stickers, puzzles, overhead projector, cookie cutters at the play dough table, etc. While we do have a "shape of the month", I feel the same about it as I do "letter of the week". Why devote one specific time for each one? We are exposed to all of them each day!
We count all morning long, in so many ways. But here are some activities we have done recently:
We also read many books that help with counting and sorting, as well as fingerplays and songs!
MATH IN SMALL GROUPS
Looking for more ideas?
Deborah from Teach Preschool wrote a wonderful post on her website called Everyday Math In Preschool.
Preschool Math Activities (education.com)
Books About Math (No Time for Flashcards)
Math Activities (A Mom with a Lesson Plan)
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