What a lovely day. :-) My boys went back to school and my preschool students came back with smiles and excitement. Just a reminder to our preschool families (and school-age children), please ensure that your child gets proper rest so that they can learn and develop to their greatest potential!
I'm not even going to try to share EVERYTHING we do in a day. Just not possible. So I'll try to share a couple activities each day. Today I'd like to share our art and math activity.
In the Montessori circles you'll hear about "crumbing a table". I used that idea as a jumping board to our math activity we did today. The children love to help but it isn't always a "help" so why not really teach them the right way to do it so they can be a true help...and in the process, reinforce shapes, number recognition and counting with meaning.
As you can see, the tray allows for the material to be contained. I created a square with masking tape in the center of the tray. This is where they swept the foam shapes too. The goal of that is to encourage them to create a pile and sweep it into the dustpan in one or two sweeps. I created cards that had the numeral, numeral word and a corresponding number of shapes. The children flipped a card over, told me what the number and shape was, if they could. If they didn't recognize the number we counted the shapes together. Then they put that many foam shapes onto their tray, swept them into the square and then together into the dust pan and dumped it in the "trash". FYI: I made sure there was enough of the shapes for each child to do it without sorting through the "trash". Eventually I'll move the square onto the table cloth with we do projects like sand pouring or have a lot of snips from cutting. Then we'll move the masking tape square to the floor and practice with the broom.
Hope your "week" started with a smile!