Learning Math or numbers can be a bit intimidating for little humans. That’s why in Nursery, we use different strategies in teaching them the concepts in Math.
We begin the class with some number videos and songs that the kids can sing and dance to. This way, they learn and recognize numerals from what they see in the videos and rote counting from the songs.
The children also enjoyed listening to Number Stories. The stories paved way as we touch on the concept of each numeral.
Kids learn in different ways; The use of concrete materials such as blocks, unifix cubes, toys eggs, and counters show meaning to each number.
We incorporate our topics in Math to different games such as number hop, number fishing, number bingo, and number find.
During Center Time, we use Manipulative such as number insets, number cards, clip cards, number puzzles and counters. We even use iPads in some of our Centers for ordering and matching numbers. We also use clay to practice forming numbers as it also helps in their fine motor skills.
The kids were exposed to the concepts of Math by doing and discover. Through the various activities presented to them, they were are to learn and play at the same time.
The week before the Easter Break, the School also had their simple Easter Celebration by having an Easter Egg Hunt. For the Nursery class, we had our own take of celebrating Easter through incorporating it in our activities in class.
In anticipation of the Easter Egg Hunt, we had activities in Math related to the celebration. With our topic on identifying which set has More or Less, we had centers and circle time activities prepared for the children to enjoy and learn from.
The children were given two toy eggs which had different number of counters in them. They practiced More or Less by identifying which egg has more or less inside.
Their Buddy Work activity also include using toy eggs and counters. They prepared and placed different number of counters inside the eggs and their buddies were the ones to identify which one had More or Less.
Our work time also includes bunnies and eggs; having them count the pictures and practice writing the numbers on their own. They colored pictures of the group that had more.
Our week ended with an Easter Egg Hunt. They had fun finding eggs and counting the surprise inside their eggs.