Saturday, 29 April 2017

Math Fun

For those of you who were unable to attend our Family Math Night, I hope this post gives you some ideas about ways you can engage with math at home.

“Children deal spontaneously and sometimes joyfully with mathematical ideas. 
This is what real mathematicians do.”
Ontario Kindergarten Program Document (pg. 76)

Math is fun and children explore math in so many different ways. We have been learning lots of different math games that build foundational number sense. Below are a few of the games we have been playing.

During Family Math Night our mathematicians were the teachers and they enthusiastically taught their family members how to play some of our games!

At home, whenever you engage with math ideas or concepts you can use prompts to encourage your child to explain their thinking further, helping them develop a better understanding of math. Here are some prompts you can use at home:
  • Tell me more
  • How do you know?
  • What math do you see?
  • How can you show your thinking?
  • Can you show me in a different way?

During our Thinking and Learning Time, our mathematicians explore math concepts and play math games either independently or with others. We are always so impressed to see the types of math they engage with. Never underestimate the types of math children can do.

Pool noodles provide a wonderful opportunity to explore numbers and various math concepts. Mrs. Gerrell made this fun activity for our learners to explore various mathematical concepts.

We hope this post has inspired you to engage with math at home! Here are some simple ways to incorporate math into your everyday life:
  • Play “I spy” (for shapes : “I spy a cube/circle”; for movement: “I spy a ____ under the table”. For numbers: “I spy 6 of these objects”, etc.)
  • Count around the house (stairs, windows, socks, doorknobs, books, etc.)—ensure they count in order and give each object the correct number
  • Make 2D and 3D shapes using materials (toothpicks & marshmallows; play dough & straws)
  • Talk about patterns you see daily (in clothes, on signs) 
  • Find and/or make patterns using materials found in your house or outside
  • Explore different lengths in your house (bed, carpets, tables) with a variety of measuring tools (your feet, spoons, popsicle sticks, string, q-tips)
  • Talk about how much containers can hold (“which container has more rice?”)
  • Ask family members a question and record the results using a tally chart or a graph
  • Roll a dice and record using tallies how many times each number is rolled

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Canada's Airport Room 122

Sorry I have been MIA lately! Will try and get back into blogging more regularly.

Our learners voted to turn our drama centre into an airport. It was amazing to see how much background knowledge they had. Many of our learners have had experience travelling in an airplane. They were excited to use their knowledge in their play. We built their understanding by investigating their wonders and watching videos that teach about the various aspects of airport life. We found wonderful videos from an airport in the UK. Check out Behind The Scenes at Birmingham Airport's YouTube channel for kids. We learned lots from these videos!

Painting the airplane

Name tags to encourage role play
We learned so many new words and ideas from the videos we watched and the books we read.

 A big part of air travel is security. The TSA has a kid friendly video about the whole security process.

Here is a look into the airport and airplane we created for our drama centre after our learning and brainstorming.

The check-in counter and vocabulary words on the wall.
The airplane (seat numbers on the front and TVs on the back)

The metal detector (right) and the X-ray machine (left)

Our learners loved to take on different roles and they went on many different trips.

Putting shoes through the X-ray machine

Making batons to direct the plane when it lands.

Airplanes also turned up in other areas of the classroom.

He made a propeller for his 'wing'

We had a lot of fun in 'Canada's Airport Room 122'! 

Stay tuned for our next drama centre.