On Wednesday morning I will be visiting a Kindergarten class at Hamilton Elementary to deliver and introduce the Reggio-inspired mathematics kit looking at number. The kit arrives looking like this…are you wondering what’s inside?
Here is an example of one way to to present the materials:
Ideally, a spot in the classroom could be found so that the materials could be left for students to access when they need or want to. Materials can be pulled to spots in the classroom to set up specific provocations during a math learning time or during a general “centre” time.
In this kit you will find a variety of materials for young students to develop one-to-one correspondence, count, subitize, compose and decompose quantities and represent numbers in different ways.
Easels are provide to present inquiry questions, books or images. The image above shows a focus question to inspire students to investigate different ways of making seven using large gems. Mats of cork or felt provide a boundary for students as well as cushion the sound of the materials on a hard surface.
Wood numerals and printed numerals on cardstock are provided for students to label their representations. Some students enjoy ordering the numerals as well.
A variety of visual tools such as dot patterns on cards, dice and dominoes are in the kit in order to support the development of subitizing (the instant recognition of a quantity of objects/dots). Ten frames made of popsicle sticks are also included. A visual tutorial of how to make these ten frames can be found HERE.
There are picture books and “loose parts” to inspire playful inquiry with numbers.
Part of the professional inquiry that our early primary teachers are entering into this year is considering how Reggio-inspired practices might shift how we view the teaching and learning of mathematics. We will be trying some different approaches with the materials in classrooms and reflect together on how these approaches are supporting student learning and engagement.
More to come…