Mathematical Thinking and Expression
In every domain of learning, we believe that children learn best in context.
Mathematical thinking is woven into our day, in and out of daily experiences, solving real-world problems. We build on children’s prior knowledge and utilize spontaneous discoveries to further their understanding of mathematical concepts.
We chart plant growth, take votes, use unit blocks and think about fractions. We build game boards, and teach our friends. We work daily during our focus lessons with manipulatives and other hands on materials, but this is only part of our Mathematics learning. The real learning happens doing real work.
How tall does the hiking stick need to be? How can we divide the marbles for the marble run so that everyone has the same amount? How many plates do we need?
Engineering and Tinkering is centered on creative and critical thinking, design thinking and the engineering process: design, build, test, evaluate.
Our engineering focus is on the exploration of Unit Blocks, Ramps and Pathways and woodworking. This gives us many opportunities for young children to explore and experiment with concepts, including balance, gravity, friction, scale in their constructions and their design concepts.
In our work with Tinkering, we create with woodworking, and learn safe use of real tools like hammers and saws, and begin to make constructions, both planned, and free build.
We weave Engineering, Tinkering and Design Thinking into many other Learning Experiences, but you will especially see the concepts repeating in “Big Life” through our Adventure Play experiences.