Collecting and playing with sticks is invariably a favourite pastime for the children in EY. The teacher used this natural curiosity and affinity to invite the children to explore and explain their understandings related to the mathematical concept of ‘Measurement’.
During a Waldkinder session the teacher invited the EY1 children to each collect a stick. A challenge was then posed:
‘Can we arrange the sticks in order from longest to shortest?’
This task offered the children the opportunity to identify items that can be measured. They were able to listen to the ideas of others and develop their own understanding of how measurement involves the comparison and ordering of objects. We observed as the children worked with excited enthusiasm collaborating with each other to identify, compare and describe attributes of these real objects to complete the challenge.
Photographs by Rebecca Smith (EY Teacher ICS)