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Each month, we receive two sets of manipulatives in our curriculum kit from Mother Goose Time. They come with either pattern cards or math cards along with ideas and lesson plans. The best part is that they match the theme we are currently working on. For example, when we had the theme, Down on the Farm, we received cow counters and snap together sticks. The Teacher Guide has more than enough ideas for the manipulatives and I have found other ways to use them as well.
Above, children are asked a question, and then place a manipulative under the answer of their choice.
In January I began meeting with my skill time group as they arrived to school. It is a very brief activity and is intended to prepare them for morning table work in kindergarten. I may plan a name writing activity or use the manipulative of the month. We may also play math games or combine the manipulative with a literacy activity.
I participated in the free Micro Trainings offered by Mother Goose Time and found some creative ways to reach my students, especially those who learn best by moving their whole body. Actually, don’t ALL preschoolers learn best this way? One activity involves having the child move a small transportation manipulative to the letter or number you call out. As shown in the Micro-Training, I created roads on a table top with masking tape. Using the letter and number cards included in the monthly kit, the children drive to the letter or number I call out. All of our students LOVE this game. I am able to make quick notes on a sticky note regarding what they could recognize and what we need to spend more time on.
The manipulatives find their way into our sensory bins, too. We live in Northern Michigan, where the wind chill makes our temperatures dip below 10 degrees more days than not, making indoor play mandatory. Snow comes inside on days like that, and we will hide the manipulatives in it and watch the children delight in finding them as they dig their way through the snow. The nesting blocks we received one month, make beautiful imprints in the snow such as this:
Through play and interaction with the children, you can easily assess their learning. “Wow! What number did you make in the snow?” “Can you find 5 treasures hidden in the snow?” Most of all, enjoy your time with the little blessings entrusted to your care.
I would love to hear how you use manipulatives in your early childhood setting. Don’t forget to enter above to win 2 bags of manipulatives, too!
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