Day 5:27/9/2013- Geoboard and Multiplication

Geoboard

In early childhood education, geoboards are used for a variety of reasons:

  • to practice and promote fine motor skills
  • to explore shapes
  • to create letters and numbers
  • to explore symmetry
  • to build prior knowledge of geometric concepts (such as area and perimeter)

Here is a link to play an online geometry board

http://www.mathplayground.com/geoboard.html

Multiplication

Here is an concrete way of teaching  Multiplication to the six years olds:

  1. Use an empty egg carton and dry beans.
  2. Place two beans in one egg holder. At the beginning it is easier to see the 2 times table than the 1 times table.
  3. Say, “We placed two beans in the carton one time. We have two beans total.
  4. Empty the carton, then place two beans each in two egg holders and say, “We placed two beans in the carton two times. We have four beans total.”
  5. Empty the carton then place two beans each in three egg holders and say, “We placed two beans in the carton three times. We have six beans total.”
  6. Take turns, making a game of it and continue the same pattern until you have done 12 x 2 = 24.
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