Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Teaching Math on a Budget
Large graphs for children to work on:
Time to make it: 10 minutes tops
What to do: I measured and marked 1.5" intervals along each edge of the cardboard, then used the yardstick to draw lines between the marks. I wrote numbers on one axis, and ta-da! One large graph.
Time to make it: less than 5 minutes
What to do: Turn your bowl or plate face down, off center on your cardboard. Trace the rim with the marker. Move the plate over to the other side of your cardboard, leaving a large area of overlap from the first circle. Trace it again.
What to do: nothing more!
Prep time: This depends on how long you browse at the dollar store! ;-)
What about manipulatives: the small parts the children are working with. We all know that those plastic dinosaurs and bugs aren't cheap. What can you do?
Save those lids, corks, bread ties, etc. I keep a container in a cupboard in my kitchen, and every time there's a bread tie or a cork, I toss it directly in there. Lids from food containers I put in the cutlery holder of my dishwasher first, and save them when they're clean. You may also find some awesome lids in the bathroom or laundry room, just save them instead of tossing them out.
So how can you store all this stuff? Plastic storage containers can be quite expensive, especially if you have a whole bunch of these collections going on! Check your pantry and your recycling bin! This is the container I keep in my kitchen to store those lids and corks - it originally had cashews in it, but when the food was eaten, the container got a new life, storing manipulatives. Many foods come in resealable and reusable containers, everything from lunch meats to rice, fresh salad greens to soup. If there's something in a useful container that your family uses regularly, you can save them and even end up with a matching set!