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

THE GIRL AND THE WOLF

This beautiful book offers families a story of a young character who is in charge of her own destiny.  The Girl and the Wolf  is about a little girl, who when caught in a stressful situation, takes stock, listens to sound advice and thinks her way out of her predicament. ******************************** A tale about knowledge, power,… Read More

USING COUNTERS TO MODEL THINKING

Counters are a great resource that can be used in mathematics.  There are number of ways to utilize them including showing patterns,  modeling thinking or keeping track of moves.   Support your children’s use of counters with the activities. *************************** COOKIE DECORATIONS Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level Andrew decorated 20 cookies to take to a party. He… Read More

COUNT ON ME

The focus of these activities is not on counting but on instantly recognizing combinations to five. These activities are a combination of recognizing and just knowing groupings to five, which will strengthen our young children’s base for continued mathematical development.   ******************************   BLAST OFF!   A Game for 2 Young Players 1.  Players are dealt 5 cards… 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

THE DOG WHO WANTED TO FLY

 This book has endearing, unexpected details and is a heartwarming affirmation of the powers of aspiration and determination.  The Dog Who Wanted To Fly is such an empowering story for young children to read because it encourages them to follow their dreams even if the world or people around them are constantly telling them they can’t do… 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

FIND FERGUS

There are some cognitive benefits to playing hiding games.  Peekaboo makes babies giggle but also teaches them the concept of object permanence; that things can still exist even though they might not be able to see them.  Searching for objects or people encourages children to use their imagination and helps them develop problem-solving skills as they… 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