Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Math

Occasionally I will take time to share with you a blog or website that I feel every preschool teacher should use as a resource.  There are so many awesome people out there working to help all of us get through out tough days by sharing wonderful activities and ideas that they do in their classrooms.  Today we'll be using some activities from PreKinders website. I love this site and know you will too.

Since it is Valentine week we continue our theme and use candy hearts for math experiences.  There are so many ways to use candy hearts for sorting, graphing and counting and children get more excited about math when candy is involved.  Whatever it takes!

I love this candy heart sort and count activity.  You can get the free printable at PreKinders Valentine Math page.  She has many different printables that you can use with candy hearts. Check them out!

Whenever I expect the children to write numbers I like to write a simple number line because this helps them as they decide how they will form the letter and it also helps if they are not sure what the number should look like.  They can count from one and find the answer themselves.

Below is another candy heart math activity in which the hearts are graphed and we are able to see what color we have more/less of.  You can have the children color the graph in but I find that time consuming and have them just run a crayon of the same color down the side of the hearts so parents can see (the candy will be long gone when the paper goes home) how many of each were graphed and counted. 

I often make my own graphing sheets and printables but it is wonderful having a great site like PreKinders when I am not on the ball.  Make sure and check it out! Happy weekend everyone!

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