Learning Environment

Hi everyone!
I just wanted to share this blog I came across that I found to be intriguing. I found the link to their blog on Pinterest, and I am SO glad I clicked on it! This blog is simply called Play Based Inquiry, and it is based in Thailand.  In this blog, two teachers post amazing photographs of how they set up their classroom, and how they use natural materials.

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That is an example of one of the areas of the classroom that they have set up.  I think it is absolutely wonderful to incorporate loose nature parts in the classroom that the children are free to use and learn with.  Loose parts can be very helpful in the development of number sense skills!

Click here to see more of their amazing photos!

Taylor

Loose Parts!

Hello friends!

While looking through Pinterest (I am definitely addicted to that website), I came across this lovely board that is all about loose parts and how to set them up in the classroom! Why are loose parts important? Because the children can use them as manipulatives to  count, put into order, sort…. and all of these things relate to number sense! Including these in your classroom enriches the children’s learning experience, they are very valuable.  Altogether there are 56 (and counting!) pins to explore and take as inspiration.  There are some beautiful math invitations that I encourage you to take a look at!

Click here to start exploring!

Have a merry day!

Taylor

Counting Games!

Hello friends!
I found this really neat video on YouTube regarding counting games, and the teacher in the video does a very good job of explaining the importance of counting.  He describes the difference between rote counting and one-to-one correspondence, and then explains different activities you can do with the children to build these skills!
Enjoy!

Practical Guide for Early Years Educators

Hello everyone!

I have created a practical guide for early years educators (as well as anyone else interested!) when teaching number sense.  I hope you find this guide to be informative and helpful!
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1) Early years educators must take into account that “key concepts… are interrelated, and are not necessarily developed in a linear fashion” (FDK, 2011, p.93). There are multiple concepts that make up number sense, and sometimes a child will move on to the next concept, and then later have to go back and work on the previous concept. They are all interrelated, so it is important to note that with time and support, all of the concepts will be learned.

2) It is very important that early years educators incorporate real life experiences into children’s learning as much as possible. Children all come to school with different backgrounds, experiences and skill sets, so it is important that the educator acknowledges and supports that (FDK, 2011).

3) Incorporating mathematical literature into the classroom is also another way to encourage the learning number sense in the early years. There are many different books available for early educators that demonstrate the use of mathematical terminology, as well as containing illustrations of important number sense concepts (FDK, 2011).

4) Early years educators should take a constructivist approach to teaching number sense, meaning that they must give children the opportunity to take part in activities that are “active, hands-on, child-centred, and problem-based” (FDK, 2011, p.93). The learning must focus on the child’s interests, so that the child constructs his or her own learning.

5) In the early years classroom, the children should be given as many opportunities as possible to show their learning. For example, they can be given the chance to create concrete representations, create drawings, or discuss their learning orally. Educators can document their learning by taking photographs, or keeping a copy of the written/drawn work for future comparison (FDK, 2011).

6) It is important that children are provided with planned opportunities by their early years educator every day. These opportunities should be meaningful, follow the constructivist approach, and allow the children to fully explore the concept being taught (FDK, 2011).

7) In the early years classroom, there should be a variety of materials available for use by the children. These should include natural materials (twigs, leaves, pinecones, etc.), manipulatives (snap cubes, blocks, etc.), as well as other tools, to allow the children to explore their learning and build their number sense knowledge (FDK, 2011).

8) Something that is very important to consider, is that early years educators must allow children to see themselves as mathematicians. Children must be given time to learn, practice, reflect, and build on their knowledge, and educators have to support this. We want to help children develop positive attitudes towards mathematics, as their attitudes play a big role in their learning (FDK, 2011).

9) To encourage number sense learning, early years educators can provide resources and support for the parents so that the children are receiving additional opportunities to build their knowledge at home. It can be as simple as having parents encourage their children to play counting games with them, or read mathematical storybooks (FDK, 2011).

10) For children with special needs, or any children who just need additional support, early years educators can help guide their learning by using visual representations, concrete materials, and extra time to complete activities. Of course, each child is different and has his or her own needs, so the educator must be flexible (FDK, 2011).

Ten Frame Fun!

Hello friends!

I just wanted to share a number sense activity I did with my grade one classroom during my placement! All you need are ten frames, paint, and cotton swabs, simple! My grade ones absolutely loved this activity, they kept asking for more ten frames! Each table had a different colour paint, however I only snapped a picture of these green ten frames, but I definitely recommend using different colours, it brightens up the classroom! It was great practice for them, and they saw it as a game (bonus!).  This activity could definitely be used in kindergarten, perhaps even with five frames.  See, math can be fun!!

The inspiration from this activity came from this pin on Pinterest, which actually leads to another amazing resource! It was originally posted on this blog by Miss Giraffe.  Here, she lists some incredible ideas and activities to help children build their number sense skills. I definitely recommend that you check it out!

Have a merry day!

Taylor

Building Number Sense in the Classroom!

Hello friends!

While browsing the web for some innovative and informative resources, I came across a blog called Kindergarten Smarts! This blog is managed by Sarah Casady, a Kindergarten teacher.

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In particular, I was drawn to this post about 5 different ways of building number sense in the classroom.  Here Sarah discusses a variety of ways that you can incorporate number sense into the classroom, with plenty of detail! The post is a bit lengthy, but is worth the read.  This is also a good read for parents, as they can use these resources at home!

Enjoy!

Taylor

Building Number Sense at Home!

numbersensetitleHello friends!
I just wanted to share this amazing blog with you, it’s called Playful Learning.  It is run by Danielle Hittle, and let me tell you, it is amazing.  Her blog is beautiful to look at, and it is FULL of informative and important information.

In particular, I wanted to share this post with you, it is about building number sense at home.  In this post, Danielle shares tips, activities, and books that you can use to enhance your child’s number sense understanding.  This isn’t just for parents though, teachers can definitely use these resources in their classrooms as well!

Happy reading!

Taylor