Math

Beating Cabin Fever with Cooking

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It’s winter. It’s cold. There’s no snow to play in, or the kids are tired of playing in the snow. What can you do to beat Cabin Fever? Try cooking! Cooking with your kids is fun, healthy, AND educational! It is sometimes said that “Cooking is science (or math) for hungry people!”  

Think about all the science and math your children are observing and using when cooking. There’s the math of measuring out the ingredients. For an extra challenge you ...

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Raising Mini Physicists

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When most of you think about learning physics, where does your memory take you? Do you automatically think of physics class in high school or maybe an experiment in middle school? Whether or not we realize it, we all grew up experimenting with physics in and out of the classroom. For instance, did you have a Slinky® when you were a child? This is a toy that helps you intuitively learn physics. My brother and I each had a Slinky® ...

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Piece by Piece: Learning through Puzzle Play

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While cleaning out my closet recently, I was inspired to dust off an old jig saw puzzle. As I peeked away at it, it struck me that enjoyment of puzzles is one of those golden play activities that seems to span generations. From early childhood to late adulthood, there is just something about the way a jigsaw puzzle, crossword puzzle, or even Candy Crush challenges our thinking and exercises our minds, enticing and captivating us. In addition to being entertaining, ...

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1,2,3 Count with Me: Numbers at Home

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Almost everything we do is connected to mathematical thinking! Imagine setting a table or preparing a meal without some understanding of math concepts. The foundational understanding of math begins very early in life through everyday experiences. Children actively construct informal mathematical concepts and strategies through the opportunities they encounter with a variety of objects and their important grown-ups and play partners. Building a mathematical vocabulary is an excellent place to start. There are countless opportunities during the day for ...

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Food Glorious Food!

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Raise your hand if the topics of food and meal times in your household stress you out. If you didn’t already know, you are not alone! Between the ages of two and five it is common for children to display a fear of new foods, causing them to be cautious about trying things that are unfamiliar. While this might make us think they are being difficult or picky, it’s actually often related to the fact that children are ...

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Smash, Pinch, Squish, and Poke Your Way to Learning: The Power of Playdough

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A love of playdough seems to be timeless and understandably so! For all of us sensory oriented people, it can be relaxing or even stress relieving. For creative types, it sparks our imaginations and stimulates our curiosity. Whether it’s homemade or store bought, there is just something about playdough that draws you in.

But did you know that playdough is so much more than a fun sensory experience? Playdough can be used to support all areas of development from fine motor ...

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The Adult Role in Block Play

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Have you heard? As a part of our new daily drop-in programming we are offering facilitated block building! Unit blocks are a powerful teaching tool that have the ability to support all areas of a child’s development. Early childhood educators have been capitalizing on teachable moments arising in their block areas around the world for many years.

In fact, progressive educator Caroline Pratt began shedding light on the importance of unit block play in the early 1900’s. In the coming weeks ...

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Math Moments: Walk

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Did you know that a strong foundation in early math skills not only supports success in math later in life but also in reading and overall academic achievement? This might seem daunting, especially for those who may not feel overly confident in their own math skills, but supporting the development of early math skills is much easier than you think, in fact, you are most likely doing it all day every day already!

For the past few weeks we have been ...

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Math Moments: Snack Time

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Every day our rituals and routines are packed full of rich opportunities for teachable math moments. In an effort to help make the math that occurs naturally in daily life visible to caregivers, and empower them to capitalize on these moments, we have created a series of short videos to equip you with the tools and language to talk about these moments.

The video we are sharing today challenges you to look at snack time through a different lens and ...

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Math with Shoes!

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Math concepts and skills naturally begin to develop very early in life. In fact, from the very moment they are born. As a result of the interactions they have with trusted adults and their everyday experiences, infants are beginning to formulate ideas about math and are using math concepts to make sense of their worlds. Think about it – the infant who signals that they want more, the toddler that attempts to climb inside a box that ...

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