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__Observation
of a K2 boy__

Tim, a K2
child cannot tell the teacher the correct number of eggs in the photo. What
information can you provide to Tim’s parents?

The child
needs to practice more on:-

- Count using concrete materials.
- One-to-one correspondence
- Rote counting

Young
learners must do counting, matching to determine Cardinal numbers. The teaching of Mathematics to children must
follow the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial and abstract) to align with the
development of young children, nurturing them in the process of becoming
capable thinking adults.

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__Shaking
can experiment__

**Problem**

If this is
3, I wonder how much is this? Teacher
shakes the can. In the process continuously refer back to “benchmark” sound.
This process gives a reference yardstick for students to guess the subsequent
number of paper clips in the can.

This
experiment gives an initial lesson on comparison. Richard Skemp (1978) introduced the
theory on Relational Understanding where he found that understanding is a measure of the quality and quantity of connections that a new idea has with existing ideas. The greater the number of connections to a network of ideas, the better the understanding.

I’ve never
thought of using sound to teach the number concept. When teaching number
concept, preschool teacher have to engage the senses of
the young child. Through this experiment, we are also teaching the young minds
to perceive Maths using their listening skills. On the other hand, introduce the “guess”
element that keeps the young minds in suspense. By having this fun element in
lessons, children will be engaged in their learning and using their sense of
hearing, other than sight, to help them solve this Maths problem. Good
experiment to try with my students!

**Problem**

7 + 6 =

This
addition equation can be read in 2 ways

- Double of something add on 1
- Double of something less of 1

Kindergarten
Basics

First 6
years of child’s life must learn :-

- Language (at least 1 language learnt well)
- Concrete experiences
- Visualization
- Number Sense
- Patterns
- Social skills

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