Math Centers: Interactive & Engaging

Categories: Math

To put it nicely, math is not my favorite subject but this resource makes it so much more bearable! I love that these 10 Math Centers for Early Childhood or Special Education incorporate a wide range of math skills. I used to really have a tendency to focus only on math equations. My kids were so far behind on completing math operations that I felt like I needed to focus all of my math energies there. But in doing so, I was slacking out so many critical and functional math skills such as time, money, fractions, measuring, estimating, patterns, and more. This resource made sure my kids are getting a well-rounded math education!

This resource contains 10 Math Centers. The best part of this resource is the organization. It takes up one shelf and everything fits neatly into binders. Each center is visually based and comes with visual directions, worksheets, and task cards. It’s structured and predictable making it perfect independent work.

Here is a peak into the centers!

Do you love teaching math? What are you favorite concepts to teach?

4 Comments

  1. Hi Sasha,
    I love the idea of math centers! Do you have a set that is a little more difficult maybe dealing with multiplying, dividing, and fractions? Do your students do math centers every day? Do you assign them a topic each day?

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  2. I don’t have something like that but I will add it to my list! I have done it two ways: I have had students do Math Centers a few times a week as an option during centers or every day. I usually like to give a choice but will sometimes recommend assigning topics to make sure the variety gets put in there!

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  3. Hi Sasha!
    Have you ever had a student with seizures? I’m wondering if you have some advice, here is a small snapshot of one of my students. “Gina” is in 4th grade, has frequent seizures due to a brain malformation during development. So she has been having weekly, sometimes daily, seizures for 10 years. No doubt they have caused damage themselves but damage has also been created due to the many falls she has had in her life so far. I have had her 9 weeks so far, and she has made progress, however her skills can be different from one day to the next. If she had seizures the night before, she usually has more difficulties the next day. When she has a seizure at school, she needs to lay down for an hour or two so she can recover. They take a lot out if her. She is sometimes able to speak in simple words or short phrases or will mimic what she hears. She is able to write numbers from 1-10 -inconsistently, but has much difficulty with 1:1 correspondence and will shrug her shoulders during counting tasks. She can copy words and sentences like a champ, knows most of the alphabet- inconsistently, I am still trying to figure out what letter sounds she knows, she recognizes very few words in print, but is pretty good with sorting tasks.
    Her receptive skills are quite good when she is not in seizure recovery mode, understands simple directions, is mostly compliant and eager to learn but gets frustrated easily. I suspect because she realizes that something she was able to do independently the day before, she has much difficulty the next day. I have a basic needs visual she uses to communicate what she needs along with a push button that says “I need help please” and she knows how to do that 2 step process to get our attention. I have a color chart, simple number chart, yes/no, choices for break time, etc.
    How would you plan activities and tasks for a special child with these very specific difficulties? I have been thinking about always having a choice for her that is less demanding if she happens to be in seizure recovery mode that day. Her mom states that when she has very bad seizures at home it can take her a few days to fully recover. This very loving and sweet girl needs the best support that I can offer And any ideas from you would be amazing! I am also careful to make activities for her that are age appropriate and that won’t make her feel different that her peers, although they all have specific learning needs- the other students do not seem to notice or care if they have different types of activities. Help??!!
    From my Heart,
    Catherine

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  4. Great question Catherine! I think you are on the right track. In general, I’d recommend tracking seizure activity and lessen demands based on that data. On your datasheets for academic programs note if seizures happened within the few days before. Focus on language-based activities like you are and building in lots of reinforcement. Good luck!

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