Numbers and Counters activities such as that illustrated here helps children with math development and visualization skills. Children learn to pair numbers with their physical quantity and helps them develop an understanding of odd and even numbers.
This is a slight variation to the traditional number of counters activity, which typically includes number cards and counters. Here the children made finger prints, corresponding to the given number. They counted out while doing this.
This is both a counting out exercise as well as a measurement activity. During the year, the children are introduced to various concepts of size, such as thick/thin, long/short, heavy/light, large/small. Understanding of these concepts are important building blocks for the understanding of measurement. Here the children used apples to measure out one another’s sizes.
Children show interest to learning letters of the alphabet at varying ages, but interest can generally be seen between the ages of 3 to 4 years. This past year we have been visiting this topic by introducing letters, while building on vocabulary in different unit themes, such as ‘s’ is for star in our solar system theme, or ‘b’ is for bear in our brown bear theme. As this is a second language for most of the children, I try to keep the lessons on language informal and fun. Here is an example of how the letter ‘a’ is reinforced, this activity is completed, and later in our circle time we talk about the letter ‘a’ and other words we can think of that start with the same letter.
This activity is great for fine motor development, reinforcement of colors, shapes and a good introduction to the unit theme. We have been doing similar activities consistently all year round, and I have definitely noticed a marked improvement with fine motor abilities, which the children trying new techniques and working hand and fingers muscles.
A Little Red Apple
A little red apple
Hung high up in a tree
I looked up at it
And it looked down at me
“Come down please”
And what do you suppose?
That little red apple
Fell right on my nose
This week we started on our Apple unit, beginning with an introduction to ‘parts of an apple’.
Learning the parts of an apple is an activity with broadens a child’s understanding of science their living world, learning to pay attention to everyday objects with more curiosity. This exercise further aims at adding to language, and stimulate questions.