I don’t care of what my teachers actually taught me in class. The most important thing is that I am an Early Childhood Educator now and I have great responsibilities in teaching my students the right ways of doing Math. After attending class for six days, it really make me think that if I just teach concepts only, it will less benefit my students thinking abilities. It is better to teach my students concepts with problem-solving abilities.
In class, as a student myself, I find it fun to learn Math’s concepts in an interesting way. I really liked the Numeracy game of ‘Card Trick’, the count down of ‘bean’ game, using tangram to create rectangle and square, geoboard, finding different ways to do addition, subtractions, multiplications and divisions and playing the ‘Salute’ game. Since I have such fun learning Math, I feel that I should also give my students the same experience!
Here are my learning goals for my students:
Here is something fun to share with everyone! Love Math
In early childhood education, geoboards are used for a variety of reasons:
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:
Shape Treasure Hunt Game
‘Human Fruity Fraction Puzzles’
Today in class, I learn about numbers. So what are whole numbers?
Whole number are a collection of positive numbers and zero. The whole number is represented as {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ….}.
Whole numbers can be used as:
Cardinal Numbers: Tells “how many.” Cardinal numbers are also known as “counting numbers,” because they show quantity.
Ordinal Numbers: Tell the order of things in a set—first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show time or space.
Nominal numbers: Names something—a telephone number, a player on a team. Nominal numbers do not show quantity or rank. They are used only to identify something.
I find an interesting video about Number bonds by Dr. Yeap Ban Har and will like to share with everyone:
I also find a ‘ten frame’ activity online where children can do, at
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=75
Tangram is a traditional Chinese puzzle made of a square divided into seven pieces (one parallelogram, one square and five triangles) that can be arranged to match particular designs.
What can children learn from Tangram?
Tangrams allow children to become familiar with geometric shapes as they learn classification of the shapes, spatial rotation and the vocabulary required for positioning the shapes. Children of all ages can enjoy tangrams if appropriate tangram sets are chosen.
Today in class I learn how to make a rectangle using Tangram.
These are the rectangles I made:
I find this video which teaches you how to make a rectangle using Tangram:
I also find a website which allow children to create different shapes using tangram online.
The link is as following: http://www.abcya.com/tangrams.htm
According to Thomas Friedman from his book in ‘The World Is Flat’ (2007), he pointed out that in the world that is digitized and surrounded by algorithms, Math lovers will always have career opportunities and options. Science is a process of figuring out or making sense and mathematics is the science of concepts and processes that have a pattern of regularity and logical order.
Today’s children must not only know the concept of applying Math but also have the tools and prior knowledge to solve a problem. Children must not only know learning theory behind Math but also must have a positive attitude and belief that they can do any problem sums with problem-solving abilities.
Today I am going to introduce all of you to the Bee-Bot which is an award-winning programmable floor robot. It can be used as a technology tool in class to help students to focus on Mathematical ideas, to reason and to solve problems in many ways.
Bee-Bot can be used for many Mathematical concepts of number and operations; measurements; data analysis and probability. This is how Bee-bot can teach children using the five process standards:
Bee-Bot can be used for teaching many useful Mathematical ideas. I will like to share with you a video on one of this Mathematical idea as following:
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