Math and Science

This main area consists of many different centers:

Manipulatives & Table Games
These include puzzles, collectibles, matching, sorting, and turn-taking table games. There is usually a degree of cooperation that is required with the formal games. Turn taking and following rules requires a degree of social and emotional development. Children also use eye-hand coordination to manipulate puzzles, game pieces, beads, etc. The cognitive skills of learning to count, separate, match, recreate patterns, and classify are all played out in this center. Children use language to describe, match, and compare.

The Sensory Center
This area includes Play Dough, the sensory table, the light table, and cooking projects. What would we be without a rich sensory environment? Children learn to manipulate a wide range of materials throughout the school year that activate their senses. They learn the properties of materials and matter. They learn how to describe those properties. They practice small motor control. They learn how to negotiate and take turns with their peers. The physiology behind sensory play has been documented to be calming and it helps children express themselves.

Math & Science Centers
Children are presented with a variety of activities, games and materials that teach skills in patterning, sequencing, comparing, describing and problem solving. The adults in the room are encouraged to ask the students open – ended questions about the materials, so that they will learn to think and express themselves logically. They are learning the language of numbers, numerals, science, exploration, engineering and technology.

ART AND CREATIVITY

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