[caption id="attachment_3337" align="aligncenter" width="420"] Created by Tate from the PK Class on the EPSON Board[/caption] As we prepare for the upcoming break, we wanted to share some fun activities for spending time together...
Continuing our series examining Learning in the 21st Century, we would like to share an interesting post from MindShift that focuses on the ability of students to solve problems through the design...
We’re excited to share this intriguing documentation from our Reggio Lead and Senior Kindergarten Teacher, on her students’ initial explorations into understanding money.
The SK’s had decided that the dressing up area was to be converted into a restaurant. With that, came the need to understand how to count money. Out came the magnifying glasses, and a selection of Canadian coins for them to explore.
Through sketching, the children’s minds are focused on observing at a deeper level. Learning naturally occurs, as they compare what they see on one coin to another, and discuss their findings with each other. Differing colours and shapes scaffold the children’s learning, as they begin to sort and categorize the coins. “Mine’s got a boat on it,” G.M. shared, and “There’s a bird on mine”. (A.S.)
They are intrigued by the coins found in their teacher’s purse, and linger over the feel and sound of them, as the purse is passed around at the Morning Meeting. Coins begin to appear from home and are shared like ‘treasures’. A.M. asks his friends to count their value. “My Uncle gave me two toonies, and he said I mustn’t loose them. How many pennies is that? I know, it’s four hundred, you know.”
At the beginning of the year, the Grade 6 class wrote autobiographies entitled, “You in 25 Years”. Many students aspired to be entrepreneurs. In order to build on their ideas, setting up their own business was brought in as an authentic vehicle for our curriculum.
The Students are currently in the process of creating, designing, and marketing their own businesses. Ideas include, a perfume boutique and a RC plane hobby shop. Thoughtful questions arose that connected to math, including:
“How are rental fees calculated?”
“I think they are calculated using the square footage? Let’s find out!” – Ms. Bei
The class wondered… “What is a square foot?”
Students were asked to create an expense budget for their business. After they had completed their budget, they were surprised and startled by the amount of money a business has to spend before it can make money! Students were able to use their lessons in expenses and budgeting as a learning opportunity for measurement.