This week we learned about pets with Mother Goose Time. I have never owned a pet, but if I could have one, I would get a tortoise. In the words of one of my students, “Tortoises are calm, and slow so if you accidently let it out of its cage, you will be able to catch it.” I also like their low maintenance.
We learned about so many pets this week: fish, dogs, cats, turtles, and birds. We did so many fun math activities this week. I know I wrote about our math activities last week, but I have to do it again because math was so enriching and fun this week. I am going to share my top 5 math activities from this past week (in the order that we did them).
Sort the tangrams by color
Learning to sort objects by similar characteristics is an important preschool skill. We learn to sort by color, shape, and size. For this activity, we pretended that the tangrams were bones and sorted them into the right colored bowl. There were only 3 bowls (red, yellow, and blue) but 4 colored tangrams. The students had to figure out where to put the green tangrams. I was happy to see that they put all the green ones in their own pile on the bottom of the poster.
Would you rather…?
Making choices and choosing a preference is part of life. It is not always an easy thing to do. I love playing “Would You Rather…?” with preschool kids. They surprise me every time. At the beginning of the year, there is always one student in the group who is very opinionated and knows what they like and why. The rest always follow that individual and choose whatever option that person chose. As the year progresses, I start to see some change in my students. The students start becoming their own person and expressing themselves. They start knowing what they like and why they like it. They understand that everyone is different and it’s okay to like different things and the same things as others. This year is unique because the majority of my kids are very opinionated and already know what they like. I need to push those students to be more verbal and help them practice explaining or expressing why they chose a particular choice.
Simple word problems
Counting, addition, subtraction, and counting on are always more fun to do with math manipulatives. Math manipulatives make it feel more like you are playing and less like you are solving math problems. One thing I have discovered in my 11 years of teaching is that students love to play and they need more playtime. Learning through play is one of the best ways to teach this age group. We do a lot of structure play activities, like this word problem activity, but when we do centers and free play time, students always ask if they can do the activity we did earlier for their play time.
This game was fun. The students picked a card. If the card was a turtle, they moved the turtle one space. If the card was a frog, they hopped around the game board. If it was the alligator, they shouted, “Watch out turtle!” and moved the turtle back to the beginning. The turtle game piece was adorable and most of the kids played this game during free play time.
Feed the birds the correct number of beans
I gave the students beans and tweezers. First, we practiced picking up the beans with the tweezers. This is good practice for strengthening those fine motor skills. When they were ready, they chose a bird with a number on it and put that many beans in that cup.
Learning about pets was so much fun. Next week is our last week with this theme: Family and Pets.
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 4th year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!