Let us show you how we integrate math and science skills into our play with a lovely collection of seashells! Please check back in regularly as we put these shells to use in our curriculum!
Today, we gave 2 girls a pile of shells. Some had holes in the top that could be put onto pipe cleaners for bracelets and others did not. Their job was to sort them into 2 piles, one pile with holes and the other without. The pile without holes, we put back in a bowl and the ones with holes, we planned to distribute to the rest of the class.
Girls tend learn better when lessons are put into a context of relationships. Read any of Carol Gilligan’s books (ex. In a Different Voice”) to understand this in more detail. The girls’ purpose in sorting the shells was to involve other children in the class in a way that created a social activity.