We asked—and hundreds of you answered. We hopped on Twitter with our friends at Vinci Education to find out how early learning teachers make math learning fun and effective at the same time. The answers to our questions were insightful, creative and downright inspiring—so we compiled our favorite answers here in hopes that more teachers will be encouraged to make math learning fun.
@Marybethblanton: I have a VINCI … I love their apps and how they integrate with curriculum.
@Bruno0908: Ed Tech is a great tool in a facilitated classroom … which means the teacher facilitates and the students learn.
@McPherson79: Technology helps me meet each student where he/she is at.
@Lorene4too: I use apps on mobile devices for struggling students. They learn so much.
@CoburnCori: Technology is great for collaborative math problem solving. The kids work together to solve.
On Teaching Basic ArithmeticOf course, the cornerstone to early math learning is basic arithmetic—things like counting, sorting, basic adding and basic subtracting. And the teachers at our Twitter Party had tons of simple ideas that we thought could really help cement those basic skills in a way that is enjoyable for kids.
@Frm1mom2another: I have my students count candy or cereal and then they get to eat their math homework!
@Saraguidry4: I set out plastic 3-part plates and lots of objects for them to sort and count.
@McPherson79: Give kids something fun—balls, matchbox cars—to count. I can get kids to count anything!
@Chellybean522: Have kids divide food like oranges and pizza to teach parts of a whole and counting.
@Saraguidry4: Have your kids count up all the boys and girls in the class and then add to reach a total.
@Vincigenius: Make giant Venn diagrams with hula hoops.
@Bruno0918: We sing songs that count backwards to get them thinking about subtraction.
On Fun Math IdeasThere are always those one or two great teaching ideas that get kids so excited about learning that they don’t even realize they are learning. Here are some of those ideas.
@Saraguidry4: We have a fun mountain chart and pictures of the kids slowly climbing to the peak as they learn new skills.
@Pab2byrd: I integrate movement, music, games, hands-on and fun into every lesson. No lesson is complete without all five things.
@Chellybean522: I ask them to answer a question while waddling like a duck or something else funny.
On DifferentiationWith kids of all skill levels in every early learning classroom, it’s important that effective learning is the primary goal. Here’s how our Twitter Party teachers differentiate early math without losing the fun.
@Mattbgomez: I design my math jobs so they differentiate themselves. Give kids choices on numbers. They know their own abilities.
@Pab2byrd: I have math groups just like I have literacy groups, and I teach each group based on the skills they need.
@KWIN329: I use math journals with different challenges they can choose.
@Peachy62: Math games on tech are great for learning at different levels.
@Chellybean522: I do 4 group learning centers and one with me for individual instructions.