The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Maths", which isn't just about counting! Our bloggers have written about games, materials, memory, shapes, graphs and more. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on Maths.
Is it just me, or does it seem a lot of kids (and consequently some adults) are not able to tell the time on an analogue watch? I'm not sure if its being old-fashioned on my part, but I think its quite important to be able to read an analogue watch or clock (also to understand 24 hour time as well, but that's not what I'm writing about today). My sons just had their 4th and 5th birthdays, and we bought them a watch each as one of their gifts. They just looove them and think they are so grown up having their own watch.
When a child learns to tell the time on their own, it seems to give them more of a comprehension of the sequence of the day, the process also involves recognition of numbers, number sequences, counting, general numeracy, and even starts the brain thinking about addition of numbers.
Here are some free and low cost learning time ideas I have found:
- Apple has an iphone application to help pre-school age children tell the time on an analogue clock! How cool is that!
- There are heaps of books available to help children learn to tell the time. One of our favorites at the moment about time is "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle. My five year old is enjoying reading it himself, and telling the time on each page (remember to hire from the library if you don't want to buy).
- You can find heaps of free online computer games, worksheets, and tutorials for learning to tell the time.
- There is heaps of fantastic (and good value) resources for parents and teachers at Kids Learning is Fun for learning time.
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Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on "Maths."
- Marita at Stuff With Thing writes about meal time maths with the help of our dinner table centrepiece and other food related maths fun :)
- AmandaB at HomeAge talks about numbers, shapes and sizes, who knew that nested building blocks could be so much more fun than just building them up and knocking them down!
- For Cass at Schooling Choices the car is one of her favorite learning tools. She thinks you could teach a child almost everything they needed to know about Math without ever leaving the car.
- Deb at Science@home let her kids raid the chocolate to measure and compare with scales and graphs.
- Backyard Safari is a right-brained person who spent a lifetime struggling with math, but comes to see the light through the wonder of nature.
- SMMART Ideas is another food learner, estimating with beans, noodles and cereal...and getting a little number writing practice in there too!
- For Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey, learning to tell the time is an important part of learning for a child, and it incorporates areas of Maths such as number recognition, counting, sequences and general numeracy.
- Narelle at A Bunch of Keys has a simple sorting activity that can be done with young children using things found around the home.
- Colin at Super Parents is writing about the discipline of maths, memory, and recall at 7 years old.
- Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now loves all the Montessori math materials. But there’s one material she says is absolutely brilliant.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources has a range of different mathematics activities that you can play with your children of all age groups!
- Ash from Mm is for Me has been having some number fun for little learners!
- The Planning Queen at Planning With Kids has games to teach number recognition to preschoolers - so they don't know you're doing it!
- Julie at Works For Me Homemaking says it might surprise you to know that maths is heavily reliant on language. Here is a brief discussion of some of the "language" of maths and why children struggling with language development may find maths difficult.
Thanks for visiting our carnival, we hope you find some interesting new blogs.