So math is not something I have been concentrating on too much with Daisy. I think it is because I am more interested in literacy and arts. However I would rather not pass my ambivalence to all things mathematical, onto my kids. So I decided to recruit some help on my early math, learning journey. I talked to my best friend before she headed back to teach in the Middle East. She recommended working on counting, number recognition, number bonds to 10, patterns and sorting, ordering, shape and measuring over the next year. That seemed like quite the list to me.
I am an Elementary teacher but specialized in Junior age (grade 3-6). So I will be having fun researching ideas. I decided to start with sorting and see how Daisy thinks about organising (something I love doing). She enjoys helping with laundry so I guessed she would enjoy sorting. I was right. When given a box of mixed items to sort she immediately understood where everything had to go. The basket contained:
- caterpillar parts
- chickens out game pieces
- threadable letters
- crafting scisors
Daisy quickly picked out the crayons and sorted them into colours then put them together in a section of the organiser. She was disturbed the purple crayon did not have a match. The other objects were quickly sorted too although she did try to sort the scissors further as there were two different sizes.
The Backyardigans where played with for a few minutes and sorted together on the chair as they didn’t fit in the organising tray. Dasiy was again disturbed that Pablo and Tyrone were missing!
As we were outside and Rose was happy playing in the sandpit we took the orportunity to sort the clothespegs also.
Early one morning I introduced Backyard bugs. We were both excited to play with these. I gave them to Daisy after breakfast (hence the pajamas) and she played with them for 15 minutes.
The bugs are going to a party and they all have names!
We selected one bug, a stag beetle, and hunted out blue objects that matched it. Daisy used my camera, with help, and photographed the bug beside other blue things. By her flowers:
On a Daisy painting:
Matching the pajamas:
Later in the day Granny watched while Daisy sorted the bugs. She noticed Daisy immediately knew how she wanted to sort but was unable to follow her method through; there were not enough blue dragonflies, or red dragonflies so she had to mix the colours. The spiders where segregated; they seem a little too real I think! The caterpillars at the top left of the picture are having a meeting and the red one is telling the others how to behave!
Now I know Daisy is able to sort, our next activity will be more directed. My organising daughter takes after me!