“We learn by doing. Brains are wired through hands-on interaction with the physical world.” – Grade 3 RMS Teacher
Acquiring a solid foundation in mathematical concepts at an early age is critical to a child’s future learning and development of Math skills. Some concepts are more easily absorbed than others. The concept of fractions is one that often makes it to the “I don’t get it!” list. Despite their presence in our daily lives, fractions can be a challenging unit for some students to fully comprehend. The use of manipulative material when teaching these concepts is an effective method that has proved to be highly stimulating and thereby successful in helping students of all age groups to absorb and consolidate mathematical concepts.
Recently Grade 3 students at RMS Private School in Brampton engaged in a fun activity of making their own pizza. Seen in the video below is a student preparing her pizza while describing the fractions of toppings that she will use.
These types of learning tasks serve a dual purpose. Firstly, students get to interact with mathematical concepts in a tangible form, while also gaining a clear knowledge of its relevance in the real world. Introducing challenging concepts with familiar everyday items, especially the edible kind, is sure to infuse a zest for Math in students who might fear the subject, and withdraw from it because of a notion of not being able to grasp the theory. Whatever the case may be, the Fraction Pizza Fiesta was more than just a fun and engaging activity. It not only cemented the concept, but it also satisfied the cravings of a class full of pizza lovers!
Rowntree Montessori Schools continues to take great strides in its efforts to consistently and conscientiously develop its programs to meet the growing needs of a wide range of learners in a rapidly changing world! For more information about our award-winning programme, contact us at 905-790-3838. We are still accepting applications for September 2019. Apply today!