Monday, February 16, 2015

Why There Is No "Math Area" in my Play-Based Classroom



Children are capable, competent mathematical thinkers. Play, organized by children, according to their interests, allows them to create, explore and expand their ideas. What started out as an interest in building an “Elsa castle”, from their obsession with the movie “Frozen”, turned into a playful exploration of height, length and units of measurement.




photos taken in The Big Room at Garden Gate Child Development Center

teachers: Dawn Warner & Delia Gibson


Children are intrinsically motivated to explore mathematical ideas in play. They need lots of time, to think, to discuss, to plan and to collaborate. They need the freedom to combine materials in new and creative ways. They need adults who support their ideas but don’t overtake them. They need to play!





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