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EnLIGHTening math!

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Im not one to push academics (and this blog IS about full on play), but when my child shows interest in something, I might set up an inspiring invite to play off of that interest.  He absolutely HATES letters (and Im ok with that – he’s 2), but he LOVES numbers and counting.  Today as he played and I sat with him as an “active-only-when-he-invites-me” observer, I noticed that he was counting everything.  Too cute!  He also brought out his number plates during snack time today.  Seen here:
http://playathomemom3.blogspot.com/2011/06/self-esteem-through-snacks.html
So, as he slept, I set up and invitation for him.  After nap time, he saw the invitation and went on his merry way to other activities.  LOL  My outlook on any invitation (particularly “academic” ones) is – ‘if he visits it, great….if not, that’s ok”.   Then, just as we were transitioning to something else he said “wait mommy, I need to do this”.

 THE INVITATION
I used a translucent drawer organizer, number stickers (from Walmart), and Halloween gems and shapes (from Michaels Craft Store).  There is no rhyme or reason to the numbers I chose – I just wanted it to be fun for him.  :)

 Counting out bats

 Interesting that he only counted the bats and ghosts and didn’t use any gems

- AK
(MESE, MECD)

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10 Responses to EnLIGHTening math!

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  2. Sandi Lippard says:

    I am so excited to be a new preschool teacher and I love your ideas. Our school does not have a light table at all and I am in the process of writing a Donors Choose grant to get one purchased for our low income school. I am looking for an attractive picture that highlights one being used but I don’t have one of my own for obvious reasons. I was hoping you don’t find this offensive and would be generous enough for me to utilize one of your photos. It would be great to have one that shows the child utilizing it but don’t want them to be able to be identified. Example: one with just their arm being seen would be awesome. If this is something you would consider, please contact me on my school email which is smlippard@enidk12.org. Thank you in advance for your consideration and I totally understand if you are not comfortable with me using it. Have a blessed day.

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