If you search for math activities at the preschool ages they tend to be all over the place. Some say you need to let it develop naturally in child led activities, others say you lead the activities with various supplies and manipulatives and games. It can be hard to figure out which way to go. I have found in the years, since I have begun my program, that there is no one size fits all way to teach math. It's based on the individual. Which is why this post is highlighting the modifications within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum. When you base the teaching method on the individual child you have a better chance of reaching the child.
The modifications within the Mother goose time lesson plan booklet have two types of modifications, simplify and challenge. The example of this would be the small group math Shaped Fruit from week 2 day 7. This activity was about creating shapes with their hands, arms and legs. After the exploring part they are given fruit the trace. They then use the shape links to find similar shapes of the fruits they have set out. The simplified version of this activity is to trace the shape for the child and then to ask them to choose the fruit that fits that shape. This simplified activity allows the child to focus on developing one skill and stops everything from being so frustrating for those who are not ready for tracing. The challenge activity involves describing the shapes and counting the sides. This helps children that at are ready for more advanced activities to pay attention to the finer details.
Math activities, are more than learning to recognize numbers and counting. It is important to remember to add in activities that may not seem like they are math related but actually add to necessary math skills. Such as board games, drawing, and sports. Dancing and music are also excellent ways to help children develop their math skills. Dancing and music help children with keeping on beat and helping them learn cues.
Math can be super fun to learn and can encourage children to expand math into their natural play.
Live Long and Keep Teaching!
*Mother Goose Time supplies the curriculum for an honest review*