What is The Learning Carpet?
It is a permanently gridded, 100 square floor mat (6 feet square and bound on all sides), on which children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and Special Education, are able to develop their understanding of mathematics through kinesthetic learning.
USING THE LEARNING CARPET
- A child’s number sense grows through the patterns observed by the numerical squares
- Concepts are better understood when linked to actual physical movement, e.g., forward step is addition, backwards is subtraction, right step adds 10, left step subtracts 10
- Many concepts, from one-to-one correspondence, to place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication and division facts, can all be experienced through the constancy of the numerical squares and the walking and placing of the number cards, (red side/black side).
- Helps the child to think, reflect and problem solve, while allowing the exploration of new ideas in a non-threatening manner.
- Helps the child learn that process and estimation are key factors in the learning outcome.
- Facilitates individual and group learning.
- Fosters independence, cooperation, confidence and positive self-esteem.
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OTHER USES FOR THE LEARNING CARPET
- as an organizer for seriation
- as a device for non-standard measurement
- as a means to graph survey and measurement results for data management
- as a giant analog clock
- to create and extend patterns, through the placement of other classroom manipulatives and pattern cards
- to demonstrate symmetry and other forms of transformational geometry
- to build and note the attributes of geometric
- to experience mapping skills through coordinate geometry
Children learn by doing and need lots of TLC!
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