Today's Topic: Calculators
enough calculators for each participant to have their own (I got mine at the dollar store)
paper with a large grid printed on it
optional: ask parents to bring in a variety of types of calculators
Push button / Aliki
The inspiration for this class (or "what I thought kids might do"):
This blog post from Teach Preschool
What the kids actually did:
a few kids really loved pushing the buttons
and in Spanish, "El sol"
Adult Challenge of the week: Watch. There is no way for your kid to do this "wrong" so just sit back and see where their exploration takes you.
Hindsight Tip: I don't think the kids in my class were as enthralled with this project as the inspirational blog post. I see now that that post was written in 2012. I wonder if the rapid increase in tablet usage has decreased the appeal of the calculator? Or just that there are too many devices that already have calculators that kids might have played with before? I think there was almost as much interest in just writing numbers in boxes as they was with pressing buttons.
Variations to try:If you could get a wide variety of calculators (huge, tiny, on a smartphone, the kind that print on receipt-like paper) that might elevate the interest level a little longer.
Related Apps: the calculator app!