## Saturday, October 26, 2013

Creating sets by sorting is for me a fundamental basis of virtual mathematics.  A set is basically a collection of objects with distinct properties.  And for kids, we do this mostly with the basic activity of sorting.

Since it's the midterm break, Mavi and I will be doing lots of math activities.  We'll be reviewing basic math concepts using manipulatives for retention :)

First on my list is the concept of "sets".

For toddlers, this is just a sorting activity.  But for a kindergarten, I have to elaborate that it's all about making collections or groups.

WHAT YOU NEED:

• counters and other manipulatives (buttons, bear counters, patterning shapes)
• instead of using a sorting cup or tray, I used colored cardstock

Here's how I set them all up on a table.  I prepared instructions on a strip of paper for him to read and work on.

Each instruction varies, like: "set of seven red objects", "set of three blue buttons", "set of four squares".

And we also revisited our Numbers and Counters :)  My son loves this!

We'll do basic addition and measuring next :)