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Thank you for visiting 'Inside the child' and hope that your time spend reading my blog is educational. It includes my thoughts and approach to a child, based on the Montessori educational philosophy that emphasize on independence, freedom within limits and learning concepts of working with materials hands-on, rather than by direct instructions.

My favorite quote by Dr. Maria Montessori “There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!”
As a Children's House Montessori teacher, it is my pleasure to share my experience with children of ages 2 1/2 - 7 yrs old, and how small little things makes a big difference. Enjoy reading. Thank you.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fun with Math

We all know the memory game. I used to love playing it as a child and now with children.
In this activity, I have emphasized only on numbers from 11 - 20 for 4 year old children. I made 2 sets of cards with the numbers 11-20 written on them, so each set consists of 10 cards with the numbers 11, 12, 13, 14....20 written on each, and the second set matches the first. You can make some variations by numbering the cards based on what your child may require practice with. It could be either from 1-10, or 51-60, or 21-30 and so on. The sequences can be made more challenging as deemed fit, for example : 10,20,30...100, or, just even or odd numbers. So, you have to observe your child and determine what they need to practice. I have used only 10 numbers because it is easy to make and consumes less time. Maintaining the sequence order is important as it helps children who sometimes skip numbers.
I have used yellow art paper, cut into squares of 2"x2"  - the art paper is thick enough so that the number is not visible when it is upside down. Alternatively you can write the numbers with a color pencil or a pencil and optionally laminate the cards. Markers are dark and wet and may be visible from the other side. This activity can be worked with 2 or more children. 

Step 1
 Step 1 : All the cards are mixed up well with numbers facing down. The first child chooses a card, flips it open, memorize the number. He flips open another card and sees if both numbers match.
Step 2
Step 2 : If the numbers do not match, he flips the cards back, and the second child gets his turn.

Step 3
Step 3 - And, if the numbers matches, the child gets to keep both the cards. That child DOES NOT get another turn. You have to tell the child that the idea is NOT who the winner is but who can memorize most of the numbers.
This activity is a memory game and we are encouraging a child to try to remember numbers, not gaining the most cards.
Children do understand that they are not playing to 'win' the game but helping each other to memorize numbers. Yes, they can help each other but the rule is count until 10 before they help. I love this activity because it is a good way to socialize, get along and make new friends. Children work together, learn and have fun.
Control of error : Each number has it's match.

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