Often, in the flow of our day, there are unplanned learning opportunities. Typically, this is when some of the best learning and the most fun happens. Recently we were playing with Squigz, a toy with multiple sized rubber pieces of various colors that have suction cups for building and attaching. When it was time to clean up, we collected all the pieces, fifty to be exact. In order to make sure we had all fifty, we began lining up and counting the pieces by color.
Next, we lined up the pieces by rows of ten, counting out loud one to ten, in each row. We did that five times.
“That’s fifty. Five rows of ten is fifty.” We then counted by tens, multiple times, pointing to each row.
“Let’s see how five rows of ten is actually 50.” We pulled out the iPad and found the calculator. We typed in 10. Then, we added another 10, and three more 10s. Children watched and counted along as they saw the numbers 20, 30, 40, and finally 50 appear on the screen. They now had numerals to correspond to the Squigz pieces.
This was a math lesson that included multiple ways of learning – visual, auditory, and tactile. And, we used technology in an age appropriate way to reinforce what we learned.
Learning can be fun!