THE WHAT: If you are an early years teacher or parent, there are four milestones that you should be eagerly waiting for: Counting rotely The ability to recite an ordered number list, and not necessarily with any understanding! (See here for more: Learning to count…baby steps.) One to one correspondence The ability to pair an object in … Continue reading Mastering the Pre-K Milestones
Although Rory is only in Grade One, he has shown an interest in multiplication and has even recognized situations where multiplication would apply; but before I teach him more, I need to see if he is ready. Here’s a little check: Is he interested? YES! Can he skip count? YES! Can he add? YES! Does … Continue reading Making Multiplication Meaningful…in primary!
At breakfast today, Rory asked me: “Why don’t I get $10 a tooth like my friend Gavin?”. Well, after I finished choking on my coffee, I tried to think of some reasons that were more kid-friendly than my initial thought: “their tooth-fairy is on drugs!”. Here are some of the ones I thought about: The … Continue reading The Truth about the Tooth-fairy
In 2009, the National Research Council Committee reported on the learning of math in early years (pre-kindergarten). They advocate that all children are capable of learning math, but many are not provided the chance to engage in mathematical opportunities. (For more, click here.) They believe children can be and should be learning math at an … Continue reading What does learning look like for the early years?
Never heard of Numicon? You’re not alone! But ever since I introduced them to our school, my love for them has grown! Numicon are number plates that represent the numbers 1-10. They are a great manipulative for the Pre-K to Grade 2 population, in that they are large, easy to grasp and manipulate, colourful and … Continue reading Never heard of Numicon?!
Report card season! Now, as a math coordinator, I don’t write report cards myself, so how do I know it is report card season? Because this is the time of year, when parents start to panic about their child’s performance and race to school to find out: what can I do at home to support … Continue reading Tis the season!
Much of primary math is about establishing benchmarks of 5 and 10, but have you ever stopped to wonder why those are good numbers to use? Here are a few reasons: Benchmarks of 5: We have 5 fingers (if we count the thumb!) on each hand, so a hand-y (ha!) benchmark to start with is … Continue reading Establishing Benchmarks of 5 and 10 through estimation
Probability is quite possibly one of the most important strands in mathematics and yet it is quite often left out of the yearly math plan at school. If it is covered, it is that one unit that gets crammed in before the holiday break! Even I admit, in years past, to grabbing that bag of … Continue reading Probability in primary
Why is place value so hard? Place value is the understanding that the place of the digit determines its value. So a 2 in the ones place is far different from a 2 in the tens place. It is one of the most important concepts to understand in math because it is the root … Continue reading Place Value Cards for Primary
When the BC ministry re-wrote their math curriculum, everyone (well maybe only like 90%!) complained and thought what’s the big idea?! But that’s just the point...it is all about big ideas! Mathematics has often been thought of as a skill-based subject (i.e. the old curriculum); it’s not. Mathematics is a set of connected, big ideas … Continue reading Hey! What’s the BIG idea?!