The math center in my classroom is done at table time with free exploration time and it is also done back at my table during centers with more direct instruction of how to do things.
At table time the students are building and exploring the materials.
At my table students are practicing counting out items, identifying numbers, colors, shapes, etc. and doing this in hands on ways (using ten frames and counting out mini erasers or sorting pictures).
Learning to identify the colors, shapes, and numbers, Learning how to problem solve, communicate their thoughts, count out items. Learning how to differentiate between items and now why they are different or similar.
To show students how to match, identify similarities and differences, guide their thinking and problem solving if they get stuck. Get students verbally expressing their thoughts and the different colors, shapes, etc. Also, identifying numbers, colors, shapes in the real world.
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