Home Connections December 2014
Mrs Stocks and Mrs Geddes Class
Working with Numbers
This month we have been doing a lot of work with numbers and quantity. We are learning how to estimate and then confirm the number of items in a set. We are also learning to compare and order numbers in a set from lesser to greater. Most of what we do to reinforce math concepts is through games and activities in the classroom as well as tools on line. You will find below some links that we have enjoyed in class that are also available to you at home. Why not bookmark them or save them to your desktop for easy access during the Christmas break?
Max's Math Adventures (requires some parent support)
In all our math activities we strive to build skills but also emphasize building confidence through trying a possible solution and checking our results. Students need to see themselves as capable of thinking through a problem and trying something that makes sense to them. This of course means that wrong answers are not a problem, we simply check our work and try again. There are many opportunities at home with your child when you can help develop your child's abilities and confidence in math. When folding laundry you might ask: "Do you think there are more socks in here or shirts?" Some children will guess shirts because they are bigger, some will think socks because we wear two at a time. No matter what the guess and the logic behind it, just ask: "How can we find out?". When preparing a snack ask, "How many crackers can we put on this plate?" and be ready to hear all kinds of ideas about stacking and layering. Then count to see how many there are. There are countless opportunities to work with Math in everyday situations and each one helps develop mathematical literacy in even the youngest children and contributes to an overall confidence in math.
Making Recycled Paper
At first we did not succeed so, of course, we tried again and it DID work!
Technology and Numeracy
A great job demonstrating an understanding of "10 and 3 more makes 13".