“O” how we love to estimate

My class has gotten quite confident at estimating but don’t confuse confidence with accuracy. Instead, it is exciting to see that my students are confidently making guesses which is a wonderful start in promoting their mathematical thinking skills…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

For this simple estimating activity the children started by making a circle on a piece of paper with a pencil…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

After drawing the circle, the children guessed how many cheerios might fit into their circle.  Some of the children drew a very small circle and easily guessed that just one cheerio would fit. Others drew a large circle and had to give their guess a little more thought…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

The children filled their circles with cheerios to find out how many cheerios would actually fit in their circle…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

Some of the circles held a lot of cheerios – too many to really count! But the children gave their very best effort and continued to draw circles and use the cheerios to somehow fill their circles up…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

The children explored the cheerios and circles and interpreted the process in many different ways…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

And in case you were wondering, we had cheerios for part of our snack just before we used them to estimate…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

A simple process to invite our students to combine a little math with writing and an excellent opportunity to use language like bigger, smaller, circle, estimate, count, actual, most, least, more, and less…

"O" how we love to estimate! By Teach Preschool

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow On

The Estimation Station by Teach Preschool

Roll & Paint – Math and Art Together by No Time for Flashcards

Estimation Jars and Brain Breaks by  Crunchy and Green

Learning with Cheerios in Preschool by Teach Preschool

By |2013-03-08T06:00:41+00:00March 8th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Jessica @ Play Trains! March 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    My son is going to love this activity! Especially since I don’t always let him have Cheerios…he’ll be so happy. I love the combination of skills involved.

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