Archive for September, 2013

Last Day of Class!!

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

This last day of class sure was fun. We reviewed all the concepts that we did from the previous nights. Dr Yeap shared onDivision Meanings’  There were:

  1. Share by
  2. Groupings

It’s funny how whatever that were taught to me in my school years won’t imply now. Look at the picture below. Apparently this was the incorrect way in doing the division.. Arrggghhh!!! Yeay! That was my reaction too when I got to know it.

Well, this however is the way to do the division using differentiated approach. How I wished I was taught this during my school years. I WOULD DEFINITELY impart this knowledge to the future generations.

We had fun making our own rectangle  box that was few size bigger than what was being given too.

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Lastly, we were introduced to the game SALUTE!

The rules of the game were:

  1.  This game consists of 3 players (A, B and C)
  2. You need cards with digit 0-9 on it.
  3. Player B will say Salute
  4. Player A and C will have to place the one card on their foreheads
  5. Player B will multiply the two numbers
  6. Player A and C will then have to guess the numbers on the their cards.

I believe this is a fun game in doing multiplication. I would really thank Dr Yeap for introducing all the interesting games to play with. Happy playing all!



Posted: September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s been such a long time I stepped foot at a museum, and I took advantage of roaming around when we were given a chance to explore while finding an artwork for our group task. I can’t help but to be captivated by the art pieces. There were so much concept to be taught using the various arts in the museum,

Hey! I learnt something new about multiplication too. Dr Yeap shared the 4 meanings that were stated in the Elementary Mathematics, (p. 168)

  1. Equal groups
  2. Comparison Model
  3. Area Model
  4. Combination meanings

The highlight problem of the night would be finding the area of the triangle. Have you ever wondered why the three angles in the triangle always end up to 180°.

The first solution was to fold the triangle into half and it showed that the two folded triangle has an equal right angle.

The second solution was contributed by my course mate, Rowena . She came out with a new discovery that was by tearing all the three angles from the triangle up and then put them together, they would always ended up in a straight line that is half of the circle = 180°


Amazing Discovery isn’t?!

Well that it from me. Adios!


Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Highlight of yesterday lesson was geometry, the last problem of the night.

Problem 17

Use the Geoboard to explore geometric concepts of area and perimeter. Can we make shapes that is bigger than the given square? What sort of shapes maximize area?

It was fun as I got to explore with different kind of polygons.


How do we count the area? The class came up with various ways.

1. We counted the number of squares in the polygon or shapes.

2. we counted the line from one dot to another dot and then divide the total by 2.



The third and the final method we found out from Dr Yeap was from Georg Alexandra Pick, he did this -> A= Perimeter/2 + i(dot inside the shape) – 1, to get the area. Cool Huh!

At the end of the night, we also discover that the maximum size of shape that we got was 12!

You can also try to explore yourself with your children. Challenge yourself if you can find the size of the shapes more than 12.

You can either do it using concrete geoboard or can go to Math Playground-Geometry Board if you prefer to play online.

Happy Trying!

Day Three

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yesterday lesson was interesting as I got another new insight on teaching children addition.

The first problem of the night was using two digit numbers and add it with another two digit number and get another two digit number. Confusing enough? Well here’s what I got.Slide1

We had  2 quizzes too and were only given 15-20 minutes to solve it. I didn’t have much problem with the 1st one but rather the second as I wasn’t too sure on enrichment activity. So it took me a while to write the answers. Well to share, enrichment are learning activities that provide depth and breadth  according to the child abilities and needs. I think I didn’t answer it correctly. Boo.. Hoo.. Hoo..

Ouh well! I learned a fun way in introducing fraction too. Let’s try it.

Use a piece of paper to represent any object e.g. chocolate, cheese, cake, etc. Find different ways for it be shared equally among 4 persons. Can you do it?

Well we did! Lots of it, happy trying though.. Ouh and last thing before I signing off, it is called 1 quarter or 1 fourth and not 1 upon 4 or 1 over four, yar!


Adios then. Till we meet again!

Numbers everywhere

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

After the second lesson yesterday, there is no way I’m going to teach counting the way the same way!

Why, you ask?

Basically, teaching children to count, or rather teaching Mathematics is not really by explaining, oh no-no! You don’t explain to children when introducing concept.

So how, you ask?

Its easy, just follow this chant : I DO, WE DO, YOU DO … Remember this chant when you are teaching children Mathematics. Children learn by role modeling, so by showing them the examples and then doing it together as a group will really help them understanding the concept without really explaining it. Cool isn’t…

Anyway, I really like to share with you on Rational counting. What’s that? The definition of Rational counting is saying a number for each item/object and understanding that the number you say for the last item represents the total of the objects in the set. 


Don’t get to excited too when you see children count as they may just do Rote counting instead of Rational counting. You will know if they do Rational counting when the number they say for the last item represents the total of the objects in the set. e.g. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.., I have 5 sweets in my pocket.

I am sure, we do come across those who don’t know how to count. How is that possible?

Well. here are the factors that they may not have or may not know therefore the reason for not able to count:

  • Classify
  • Rote counting in English language of course
  • One to one correspondence
  • Appreciate the number represent the size of the sets

Ten frame is a great tool to use when teaching children in learning basic numbers and help children develop counting, addition, subtraction skills,

Illuminations: Ten Frame is an interactive game in which you can play with the children online. You can also make your very own ten frame using egg cartons, laminated grid cards and counters. Happy doing!


Let’s play this!

This is for two players. Using kidney bean or counters, select any number less than 20. Take turns to subtract either 1 or 2. The winner is the player who gets to zero. Think about the strategy to win the game.


Happy Playing! Till next time.

My Numeracy Experiences

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hey it’s me again.

I would really like to share with you on my numeracy experiences from  class yesterday. It was like a decade ago that I sit in Mathematics class as  student. So Yesterday class was an overdue refreshment of memory 🙂 . It took me a long while to get my brain thinking of methods and ways to solve the problems even though the problems given were pretty simple.

I have to let you know that it was fun though exploring with numbers and concept. Ouh and guess what? I got to know from my lecturer, Dr Yeap, that there is no 1 method in doing it. We shared and explored with different methods when doing the activity and with that I really got an insight of new ways to solve the problem.

Of all the problems given, I really enjoyed doing the Tangram and the Card trick.

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We were given few Tangram pieces and were to create rectangles using it. So here was our creations…… 

As for the card tricks, it took us a while to figure out how the get the numeral after the number names was spelled.

This is kind of difficult for the young one to do but they will surely enjoy the trick, well, provided you figure out how to do it.

Enjoy the video. Toodles…

How many of us recall and remember our reaction when comes to Mathematics? I am sure the followings are some of our reactions….

  1. The Fans of Maths – You get very excited with all the equations and formulas
  2. The Neutral – You will try to solve the problem and get it done with
  3. The Anti-Math – You will try your very best to escape in doing it!!

Does all that sounds familiar, sure do to me! 10 years ago,if you ask me what’s my reaction I will immediately choose the third one, but ever since I join Early Childhood, I have new perspective on Mathematics. It is no longer a drag to learn it. Yes, I agree that worksheets do play a part in learning Maths, but that there are other methods and ways too when teaching Math especially to the young ones. After years in this industry, I truly feel that hands-on using concrete items is the best method when teaching math to them.

I would like to share on my take away from Pre-reading chapter 1 and 2 of the ‘Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching developmentally’

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released Principles and standards for School Mathematics in which helped teachers to set certain goals when teaching Maths.It is not easy to be a teacher of Mathematics, ‘Positive attitude’, one of the points mentioned in the book is what I strongly believe a teacher should have because it will be evident in her teaching, children learn through role model so therefore its a domino effects.

Children need to be exposed to various tools and manipulative during their learning. These consist of countable objects, cube blocks, dot grid, graph chart and so much more. Fret not if you don’t have all that, you can still teach your child just by using household items. Amazing isn’t, now teaching or doing Mathematics is no longer a chore but FUN!

Copy, memorize, drill and compute are surprisingly lower-level activities that do not prepare children of the real act when doing Mathematics. On the contrary, verbs such as explore, compare, predict, investigate are activities that can make children really engage and actively participating in Mathematical ideas.

Well, That is it for now. Hope this info helps when you do activities with your child, I will share more tips and ideas soon.. Keep a look out yeah!