Exploring math with a holiday graph in pre-k

I have a nice collection of holiday trinkets that I have built up over my years of teaching and these trinkets make wonderful loose parts for play and exploration around the classroom.

For this table, the Pre-K children were invited to try their hand at making their own graph and then sort the holiday trinkets on their graph.

Although we have done lots of graphing as a class, I hadn’t started the children on drawing their own graphs yet so before sending them off to the table, I introduced the graphing drawing process on a large sheet of paper on our easel and invited the children to stop by sometime throughout the day and add their own ideas to our community graph.

We had all kinds of beautiful graphs being drawn all morning long.

Not every graph was the same but every graph showed me that the children were beginning to get the idea.

And as the children drew their graphs, I stopped by and asked them to tell me about the graphing choices they had made.

It was a fabulous morning of holiday loose parts math!

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By |2017-03-28T22:26:21+00:00December 14th, 2016|

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. Farisa Zaki December 20, 2016 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Looks very interesting and engaging for little ones. Great Post!!

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