Making Patterns in Preschool

Patterns are all around us. There are many ways to introduce patterns to young children but key to teaching this basic maths principal is to help preschoolers firstly become aware of the patterns around them. Follow this growing recognition of patterns with opportunities for them to extend and create their own patterns and mathematical thinking using fun and engaging activities. Today I'm sharing some of our exploration of pattern in class.

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What To Do With An Idea? Encouraging Creativity in Our Children

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How to Create a Print Rich Environment

One teacher's tips on why you should create a print rich environment in your Early Years classroom and how to achieve this.

As teachers we know children gain early literacy skills by interacting with the world around them. We know that play is an important part of this development in the early years of a child's life. By c
reating an environment rich in print we help children understand that symbols help us communicate with each other. That print is of importance, that it carries meaning others can understand. 

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How to Create a Print Rich Environment - why and how to create a print rich setting in your classroom or homeschool. Use these FREE beautiful photo fruit and vegetable printable cards to get started creating your own print rich class | you clever monkey

Teaching Even and Odd Numbers

How to teach young children odd and even numbers the easiest way using simple materials found at home or in the classroom.

Some maths concepts are hard to teach and even harder for young children to 'get'. Teaching children odd and even numbers can be tricky but it needn't be. This is the easiest way I know to teach young children odd and even numbers. It's so easy, I taught my six year old after dinner one night using this approach. It's a great way to introduce the concept of odd and even numbers in early childhood.

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