So, following on from the previous article on the BBC News website regarding some difficulties faced by men in Early Years, June O’Sullivan from the London Early Years Foundation presents this interesting alternative view from the children. Thoughts please?
It has to be said first of all that maths is probably one of the weakest areas of my practice, mainly because I’ve never been brilliant at it myself, so when I see something exciting for Early Years Maths I like to know more. Recently I saw these amazing resources in a Mini Maths Kit handmade by James from Nursery Nook I knew I had to have them in my armoury!
First of all in the kit there’s the Babushka Dolls.
Great for the basics of 1 – 5 as well as ordering. Cute and comical design there are highly engaging for children.
Then we have the Peg Family.
I’ve got 2 sets of these, one painted and one plain. Again great for the basics of 1-5 (or even 10) and ordering by height.
James also does these in a plain set of 5 if you want to add more to your Peg Family!
The Counting acorns are brilliant too!
As you can see from the picture I’ve used them to group into specific numbers. You can pair these with written numbers to extend the understanding of number. You can also use them with these mini egg cup holders:
Wood Slice numbers are great for ordering, written number recognition and counting out.
And finally there’s the cubes.
Big and small, numbers 1 to 10 and even pushing off towards 20.
All of the resources have been chosen carefully and crafted by James so you are guaranteed something unique and for a value price of £32.50. If you conisder this against the plastic resources you can buy from the major suppliers you know you are getting true value for money.
Visit James’ website here to purchase: Nursery Nook
So I’m very fortunate that the lovely people at Muddy Faces have sent me something rather excellent to review.
What could be in this bag of mystery?!?!?
Saw this today in Poundland. What a lovely, bright addition to a writing area!
While on holiday I was in York city centre and saw these in the market.
How deliciously Autumnal would these look in a tuff tray?
It can often be difficult for children to appreciate things. I saw this idea in a recent visit to St. Mary’s church on Holy Island I saw this beautiful crafted tree with apples covered in beautiful messages of thanks.
If you combine this with a discussion on what children like following it with asking why they like them.
I genuinely have a love for Hedgehogs, they are lovely creatures and a gardeners friend as they love to eat slugs. They also make me think of Autumn as they usually like to snuggle up in the copious amounts of leaves that fall down.
I’ve created a little provocation for Arthur, my own (less than prickly) Hedgehog who is about to visit my children. He doesn’t yet have a home to hibernate in so my children need to discuss and research what Hedgehogs need to eat and sleep in.
I’ve created a little story around Arthur meeting me at a castle (I’m currently on holiday and went to visit Bamburgh castle.)
Have a read of the story I created and you’ll see the provocation points within which allow the children to ask questions and find out facts – Click Here to Download
Please do let me know how you get on.