My students need engaging math games that provide enrichment for all learning styles and a wide range of ability levels.
I am teaching 3,5 to 4-year-olds, a class of 25 students.
The students in my class are full of energy, excitement to learn, and enthusiasm. They come from widely diverse cultures, speak various languages, and many of their families are struggling economically. They have a lot of built up energy and I want them to be able to use that towards learning because it allows them to make new progress. My school is located in a high poverty area and most of the children spend their whole day in school because their parents have to work. I want to provide new hands-on material because it will keep them interested and they will learn new concepts much easier.
Through this project, I am requesting materials that will help my class to learn math through manipulatives. These manipulatives "Number Puzzle Board & Pegs, Pigs Spin & Count to 20 Activity Center, Mini Geo Solids, Magnetic Numbers & Counters, Giant Activity Dice, How Tall Am I? Game and Classroom Money Kit" will help my students learn to count, sorting by understanding per-mathematical skills that aid in comprehension of patterns and functions. It will also help them make measurements, using both nonstandard and standard units with application to both two and three-dimensional objects. While playing with Number Puzzle Boards & Pegs my students will learn early math skills, adding and subtracting, counting, recognizing the number, matching. Also, children practice different math skills when playing with giant dice. Lastly, manipulatives will help improve the environment in the classroom. When students work with manipulatives and given a chance to reflect on their experiences, not only is a mathematical learning enhanced math anxiety is greatly reduced. It becomes self-directed provided an exciting classroom environment and promotes in students a positive attitude toward learning.
Giving low-income students access to hands-on math learning games is an investment in their future.
I envision my students working together to learn math, improve their fine motor development, and social development. Playing with Giant activity Dice my students will learn how to take turns, share, and work together in collaboration. The Classroom Money Kit will also help my student’s problem solve, individually and in groups. They will be able to learn that there isn’t always one-way to find an answer. The materials would also help my students be engaged in more purposeful play by having opportunities to problem solve, reason, and recall.
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