The children received a tweet picture from AGS in Canada. They had to sort their beads when they drop them on the floor. As teachers we are looking for teachable moments and this picture was a great provocation for the class. I suggested that we could share some of our sorting with the class in Canada. This gave an authentic reason to sort and share.
The children became very excited by this possibility and quickly set about working in groups. This can be a challenging task for children who are learning English, the children picked a partner who they could work with and support if needed. Some children needed additional support to create sets.
Note the criteria the children used. We are trying to move beyond one simple criteria such as colour. Being able to sort thoughtfully and creatively depends on the materials which are available. We will ask parents and children to source objects for us. Watch this weeks newsletter.
TO AGS and Kinder PRIS look at our sorting pictures and try and guess how we sorted them. When you have guessed you can click on the picture and we will share our thinking.
To Parents get your child to show you their picture try and guess how we sorted them. When you have guessed you can click on the picture and we will share our thinking.
Explanation about sorting
As part of our math focus on patterning and sorting we have been exploring different ways of categorizing objects. The ability to categorize and sort what we see in the world around us is at the heart of much that we do. Young children tend to focus on more superficial and easily identifiable attributes such as shape, color and size. We have been challenging and extending the children’s thinking by having them sort irregular objects and then resorting the same objects in different ways. The children have had lots of opportunities to sort random bits and pieces from around the classroom and to make collections of objects that share a particular feature. Adapted from a blog post by Tasha Cowdy.