We have had a great week doing lots of counting with a variety of maths resources! Circle times are great to practise rote counting, and to deliver small group maths lessons. Children love counting their peers for the morning register. They also like to match beads for each calendar day to develop one-to-one correspondence and order. Patterns and sequencing are introduced, through art, music, stories and movement. This week for our learning songs before lunch, we focused on introducing the children to a new doubling song and new counting songs.
Our Montessori materials provide a sensory experience with numbers, quantity and basic operations. These materials introduce concepts that build on each other and help build a solid mathematical foundation. Children understand and move from concrete to abstract ideas with ease. These materials offer a control of error, encouraging children to be independent and gain confidence in their practice. While carefully using these beautiful materials children also develop motor skills, and build respect and care for their environment. This week we also had Szymon and Mikolai’s mum Katarzyna Mosakowska-Fabianczyk visiting to observe the use of Montessori materials to support her studies in Montessori Education.
During Maths Week, we practised counting in many other ways. Children used their counting skills for measuring in the outdoor learning area in connection with the project ‘Our Flexible Bodies’. For this, the children used giant Duplo blocks as a non-standard unit of measurement to measure how far they slid down the hill whilst riding in a crate. They recorded their measurements in a chart on the iPad and discussed how different strategies affected how far they could slide. The water table was also busy as usual, giving great opportunities to experiment with capacity and to gain coordination.