Sorting, matching and classifying 1
- The making or creating area is a rich source of sorting, matching and classifying opportunities.
- Outdoors is an excellent place for children to gather collections.
- Add paper and pens to collections of objects for children to be able to represent their thinking.
- Providing space and enough equipment for a group will encourage children to work together. The language used between children in this play will add greatly to their learning experience.
- How many do I need to add to make this balance? Do I need to take some away from here?
- Arranging equipment carefully can build in mathematical elements. Here silhouettes encourage children to see shapes of objects.
- Collections of natural objects lead to mathematical enquiry with shape, space, number and pattern.
- "Can you find another like this? I need four wheels. This one fits inside".
- Collections lead to classifying, sorting, matching, weighing, counting. Pebbles can always be added to, moved, arranged and sorted.
Children's mathematical development occurs as they seek patterns make connections and recognise relationships.