THINKING CREATIVELY

Our young children are learning to think creatively when they have opportunities to solve problems.  Good thinkers are resourceful and reflective.  They look back on what they have accomplished in order to learn from both successes and failures.   NUMBER DETECTIVE Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level Calling all detectives! You will need to think creatively,… Read More

PLAYING WITH NUMBERS

Through playing with numbers, these activities will support our young children with the development of their sense of addition. ****************************   FAIR EXCHANGE Age 5 to 7  In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups below… Read More

NUMBER FLUENCY

Today’s  activities provide opportunities to practice core math facts and skills in the context of games. Think of them as ‘thoughtful practice’.  Sums of Ten and The Itsy Bitsy Spider are games that promote numerical fluency in an engaging way and can be played again and again. ************************************   THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER A DICE GAME… Read More

INVESTIGATING TRIANGLES

Important discoveries about triangles can be made through creating these 3-sided shapes.   Children will discover how rigid triangles are, and that three fixed lengths can only be arranged in one way, unlike other polygons such as quadrilaterals where the angles can be changed. *************************** LET’S INVESTIGATE TRIANGLES Age 5 to 7  Charlie and Addy are making… Read More

BEARS LOVE SQUARES

This dear book is a great way to introduce shapes to our youngest children. Every page includes a few basic facts about shapes which, because of the rhyme scheme, fit naturally into the story. There are real world applications for the shapes too, such as balls and triangular mountains. ************************************* BEARS LOVE SQUARES CARYL HART –… Read More