Published at Wednesday, 15 April 2020. Math Games. By Chantell Brunet.
Many teachers do not appear to know how to harness the power of play to effectively lead children to an understanding of math concepts. This is hardly surprising as teachers strive to meet externally imposed targets with little emphasis or guidance given on how to implement play based learning in the math class. The text book and worksheet rule the day. Until schools are allowed more freedom to adopt a more child-centered approach children will continue to struggle in math and many will ultimately disengage from learning altogether. Is this the fate your child could face? More to the point, are you prepared to take that risk?
This can be made with simple cardboard tubes like a toilet paper roll. This would show them all about the circle shape. Have them decorate it with many colors so that they also are introduced to the different colors. When they are done with their binoculars they can take them outside and see the world through their new binoculars. This helps them learn all about the sense of sight. So with one simple, inexpensive and easy project they are learning many different basic skills.
In my first year of teaching and for many years that followed, I spent an inordinate amount of time preparing my own first day of school handouts. I thought it was the "hook" that students needed. I thought that teacher dominated discourse represented learning. But it really wasn not. It was actually a cover up for understanding the true purpose of what a good handout actually is all about.
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