Mini School Vol. 002
Written and Photographed by Jaslynn Oong
Toddlers gain interest in mathematics by participating in different series of hands-on experiences. Parents are encouraged to introduce mathematical concepts, methods and language through active play, instead of just numerical values.
QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME
Parents, you are the biggest supporters in your child's learning progress. Spend as much time as possible to play with them during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
PARENTS' ROLE IN PLAY ACTIVITIES
1. SETTING UP PLAY
Parents are encouraged to organize materials in a way that children can easily access them. It is important to remember that children should be introduced to these tools first and then allowed repeated exposure throughout time.
2. PROVIDE ADEQUATE TIME
Parents are encouraged to set aside time during activity. It is critical to provide ample time for children to plan their play and to position themselves in play.
3. ENTERING PLAY
Parents can include questioning during activity. Parents should also be mindful when setting up play. It is important for the child to take ownership in designing the play.
4. GIVE FEEDBACK
Parents are encouraged to praise and give encouraging words to your child after the activity.
MAKE A "GIANT PIE" AT HOME
STEP 1: PREPARE THE MATERIALS NEEDED
Prepare the materials needed such as wabi-sabi play tools, pom-poms and number cards or sticks.
STEP 2: GET YOUR CHILD INVOLVE
Invite your child to place all the colourful pom-poms in the play tray. Use giant elastic bands or masking tape to wrap up your tray. You could also make a cardboard pie with your child.
STEP 3: HAVE FUN
Invite your child to practice in using the tong and pick the pom-poms out from the tray. Introduce the number cards or colour sticks to your child, guide them to pick the pom-poms according to the selected number or colour.
Find below the five focused Mathematics concepts and benefits for you child involving the above play activity!
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