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I love their manipulatives. We use them almost every day for various activities. The students love them!
What are manipulatives?
Manipulatives are physical objects that are used as a teaching tool to engage students in hands-on learning. They are usually used to teach math, but I use them for other subjects as well.
What are some ways they can be used? Here are a list of 8 things that I use Mother Goose Time’s manipulatives for each month:
- Counting — Your Students or child can simply practice counting the pieces. This is good practice for 1-1 Correspondence. For a child to truly understand counting, they need to understand how we count objects. One object is matched to one number.
- Voting pieces and comparing most to least— We play “Would You Rather?” a lot. This is a great game in helping the students make choices. We use manipulatives as our voting pieces so we can easily count and compare which item has the most votes and which has the least votes.
- Patterns — We focus on simple patterns (AB, ABC, ABBC, etc.) Patterns help students learn sequencing and to make predictions, as well as establishing order.
- Sorting by size
- Sorting by color
- Play (Imagination and story telling)
- “Find the Letter” Games— I use the manipulatives to cover the letters on a poster or in a book. I ask the students to find a specific letter. When they do, they cover it with an object. I can quickly assess whether or not this child knows what that specific letter looks like or if we need more practice.
- Make A Letter — Sometimes it’s just fun to make a letter out of objects.
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 2nd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!