Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Math- Number Recognition

I found this great website that describes Four Preschool Goals for Math.


Colors and shapes

  • knows about colors and shapes
  • identifies 6 colors
  • identifies 4 shapes


Create a two-piece pattern

  • creates and understands two-piece patterns


Compare objects

  • uses words to make comparisons (bigger, biggest, smaller, smallest, heavier, heaviest, etc.)


Counting

  • Can count to 20
  • Can count a group up to 8 objects
  • recognizes numerals 1 - 10



I have used these goals to help me plan out some Preschool Math activities this month. I figured that using Christmas as a theme can make anything fun-- even math.

Here is our first game:
Number Recognition 1-20
Do you recognize this? It is an empty Christmas ornament container.

I cut out the numbers from 1-20 using green and red paper and taped them to the bottom of the container. To play the game, D stood a few feet away from the box and tossed an object (we used dice) into the box and he had to name the number with the dice.
Variations:
Younger children:
Color Recognition
Leave off the numbers and just put different colors in each square.

Older children:
Addition
Write down the numbers and add them up.
More or Less
Throw two dice into the box and figure out which number is larger or smaller.


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing those goals! It is always nice to be reminded in what direction I should be moving with B. Sometimes I am all over the place. =) Very fun and clever game!!!!

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  2. Thanks for these goals. I need to work on counting with Bear. This is a great game. Will try t do this tomorrow.

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  3. what a cute game! and i love those math goals- it is just SO NICE to know what our kiddos should be learning at each stage!

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  4. definitely need to work on the pea's number recognition and counting! thanks for the idea!

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  5. and i linked to this post today, too!

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  6. Okay, so this post really encouraged me because I was thinking my kids are so behind in counting, but it helped me realize they're probably just where a preschooler should be. I'm checking out that link soon.

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  7. Thanks for listing the goals and for the link to that site too! And this counting game is perfect! Great post!!

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  8. This is a nice idea. Thanks for linking to the Christmas Fun Round up too.

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  9. I linked you in my post scheduled for Monday.

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