What does math look like in pre-kindergarten? We are counting to 11 A LOT! We count to 11 to see if all of our friends are together! We count 11 napkins for our snack! We count 11 straws for milk! We count 11 rest mats! We count 11 folders!
The wonderful thing about pre-k math is that the girls get to really SEE and EXPERIENCE numbers! They get to graph their favorite shape and their friends get to SEE what they chose! They get to graph what kind of shoes they are wearing! They learn the terms most, more, least, less than, and the same or equal. They learn to sort by color, size, or object. They can even sort themselves!
They get to LIVE OUT a lot of the math that we do!
Parts of our sorting conversation:
Look at the shape of the doors, are they the same or different?
What shape are the doors?
The shape is the same. Are these doors the same size?
They’re the same size.
They’re not the same color.
Yes, that’s what is different!
What is different about these trees?
The little ones are not like the big one.
Yes! That’s right. What is the same?
They’re the same colors! Brown and green!
Yes, they have the same color leaves.
Some objects have things that are the same AND things that are different!
Now we’re going to do a different kind of sorting…
If you’re wearing boots, stand in front of the calendar.
If you’re wearing shoes with no socks, come stand by me.
If you’re wearing shoes with socks, go to the pink line.
Let’s do one more!
If you have brown eyes, stand on the pink line.
If you have blue eyes, stand on the blue carpet.
And if you have green eyes, stand over here by me.
Making graphs! We made a graph of our favorite moons and favorite shapes. More recently, we made a graph of what kind of shoes we were wearing. That was so fun! Something about taking your shoes off at school. :) Another great activity for talking about more, less, most, least, same, and equal.
Developing math skills: