Summer Book Study – Week 2 – Chapter 2
This chapter focuses in on recognizing that learners are gaining mathematical experiences through a variety of activities that adults usually deem as ‘play’. The importance of surveying what types of play each student does and likes; and then using that information to extend and make connections that students can actually connect to. I am really appreciating the simple breakdown of information and research in the last (2) chapters. It allows for me to reflect on the content and not feel so overwhelmed with information. Anyone hear me on that one?!
Take Aways from Chapter 2
- It’s important for learners to interact with everyday materials, to help build math concepts. (Containers, buttons, erasers, sticks, etc.)
- Research demonstrates 88% of children engaged in mathematical play at home or during free time at school. (This is even more reason to make time for this!) pg 13
- Outside play is an opportunity for students to actively engage in stretching and moving their bodies, but also work on mathematical concepts that help them understand the world around them.
- Don’t overlook a play survey: As adults and educators, we often ‘assume’ that students have or have had experience with things like blocks, puzzles, playground equipment, etc. Don’t assume. It’s important that learners don’t miss out on these learning opportunities. – I can see where this type of survey would be very useful and helpful.
- Investigate and connect with your student and families and become familiar with their environments, as to provide accurate and relatable context that students actually understand. For instance, I live in Las Vegas and we do not have a Zoo or anything farm-related. It is hared for some students to conceptualize a zoo, if they do not have a concept of it. Another thought; lots of my former students LOVED Chuck E. Cheese. This would be a great opportunity to maybe do some activites where they earn tickets and then redeem them for some small tokens. Real life addition and subtraction and comparing numbers!!
- Activities that incorporate dice rolling, game boards and even playing tag are excellent for Little Learners!
- Create and rotate Math Backpacks with a variety of activities for students to take home and experience with their families. Give suggestions such as homemade playdough (here is a recipe with printable card) or slime! Small building kits that have or don’t have directions. I would encourage grown-ups to take a few pictures of the process and finished results and share them on DoJo or whatever platform you use for your classroom. I would also print out these pictures and add to the backpack, as inspiration and excitement for other students!
What did you think of this chapter? What were your take-aways? Would you try any of the suggestions or ideas I shared? Head on over to read what Mr.Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard has to say about chapter 2!