Learning Centers Blog Hop Series: Math & Manipulatives


I just finished my first quarter and 7th week of school! I can't believe today I'm starting my 2-week fall break. Back to school came and went.

The kiddos have settled in, they have mastered the classroom routines and expectations, and they have developed their preferences and favorites materials to use and play during learning centers. The math and manipulative area is definitely the busiest center in my classroom!

Let me show you more about what happens in here with my Blog Hop Learning Centers Blog Hop!!!

The photos above show the most popular materials in the math and manipulatives center. An affective and inviting center should have materials to problem solve, ones that provide opportunities to interact with peer, and materials that spark imagination!

I consider that materials needed for this area are: pegs, puzzles, games and activities with numbers and shapes, magnetic tiles, nuts and bolts, games and activities for patterning and sorting, activity boards to practice with buttons, zippers, and snaps, linking materials, lacing and beading, Mr. Potato Head, abacus, books, and photos of the children in action.

The conducive environment for this center should have one main goal, which I consider it to be fine motor skills development.

In early childhood math and manipulatives center should invite children to play and explore, should promote critical thinking and introduce mathematical concepts and conversations that are apply on a daily basis.

This center provides a strong foundation in the areas of counting, sorting, probability, algebraic concepts, story problems, measurements, and mathematical operations among other math areas. 

The teachers' role in this learning center is to provide manipulative activity to help children gain confidence and feel more comfortable about math. Even though manipulative materials are intended to be used independently with little guidance, the teacher should facilitate its interaction. It should be within close proximity to take advantages of learning moments, to ask the right questions and the right moment and promote critical thinking in relation to math concepts. 

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