butterfly room 3-4 years

Our Butterfly Program
 

 

DESCRIBING THINGS AND GROUPING THEM DEVELOPS THE LANGUAGE OF CLASSIFYING

We ask children to describe objects and get them to look for similarities and differences. We help children to develop the language to classify, sort and group things.

They need language for classifying in literacy and numeracy later.

 

‘STRAIGHT’, ‘CURVED’ AND ‘BENT’ ARE ABOUT SHAPE

Using everyday words to describe shape such as ‘a raindrop’, ’egg shape’, ’curved’ and ’round’ are important for helping children understand shape. Over time children will use words such ‘triangle’, ‘square’ and ‘circle’. These words help children to talk about the shapes in their environment.  Noticing and studying shape is important for learning geometry later.

 

‘UPSIDE DOWN’ IS ABOUT POSITION AND DIRECTION

When we talk about turning things around, moving things closer or state which way up something is, children are learning about the position of something. Position (where something) and direction (where they go) are key ideas in mathematics. Children learn to pay attention to position, order and direction.


Australian Government initiative, funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.