MEASUREMENT

          MEASUREMENT with Butterfly Wings 

The early years is a great time to begin learning simple measurements.   Start with activities like classifying things as either Big or Little, Long or Short.  Give young children plenty of time to order objects in different ways, using different attributes. Everyday activities and experimenting with real objects help children understand measurement concepts. There is no right time to show your children how to use measurement tools to determine the length or height of an object.  Just do it! Eventually, your children can begin to learn how we measure weight, time, and volume using non-standard and then standard units as they grow older.  


Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks, pencils, hands, feet, etc.



As long as the items used to measure with are all the same size,
e.g. identical blocks or brand new pencils, they are suitable to use.  

Measuring with standard units means measuring with centimeters or meters etc,
using rulers and other measuring devices.


Time also comes under measurement and in May the theme for the
International Year of Maths of Planet Earth was Measurement - Time!



IT’S TIME TO GO TO BED – A bedtime routine rhyme

Tune: Farmer in the Dell   

It’s time to go to bed

It’s time to go to bed

Hey Ho the derry oh

It’s time to go to bed

Other verses:

It’s time to tidy up


It’s time to sing a song

It’s time to have our tea

It’s time to have a bath



It’s time to read a book 

 

It’s time to close your eyes

It’s time to go to sleep
 
Have some happy dreams!



Consistent routines provide comfort for a young child. They allow babies, toddlers and young children to anticipate what will happen next and to learn appropriate behaviours for each situation in their day. Whether it is time for a snack, a nap or playtime, knowing what will happen next gives babies, toddlers and young children physiological and emotional stability. This simple song can assist in developing a bed time routine and also an understanding of time.  They go to bed at the same time (mostly) each night and understand one activity follows another. 

0-2 years – Start singing the song when it is time to start the bedtime routine in a natural way holding and swaying to the beat of the song and looking into your child’s eyes with a happy smile.  Just sing a couple of the verses of the song to start with – this also helps your child develop a language of the bedtime routine.  Sing the song every night in a gentle and quiet manner.  Include more verses as they become familiar with the song.  Children will eventually associate this song with bedtime and be able to anticipate what happens next.  Encourage your child to join in with the song as they grow older.

 

2-5 years – Continue singing the song at bedtime – this is reassuring for your child and will remind them it is nearly bedtime and will help to calm them ready for sleep.  Encourage them to join in the singing of the song or even sing it independently.  Make up your own verses to the song – even add in silly things that you might do at this time.

USING PICTURE BOOKS TO ASSIST IN DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL IDEAS

The Butterfly Wings Team would like to encourage families and early year’s educators to use picture books as a starting point to develop mathematical ideas and to play with mathematical concepts.

We would like to:

  • promote the use of mathematical language in story telling and picture books
  • recognise the breadth of mathematical concepts in picture books
  • encourage children to take concepts introduced through stories into the wider environment. 

Ref: http://earlyyearsmaths.e2bn.org/resources_115.html

The Butterfly Wings recommended picture book of the month is all about
TIME and GOING to BED!

 

TIME FOR BED
Written by
Mem Fox

“It's time for bed, little mouse, little mouse, Darkness is falling all over the house...”
The rhyming text accompanied by soft watercolour illustrations shows animal mothers sharing precious moments with their babies before they go to sleep.

“Time for Bed” is a wonderful book to use as part of your bedtime routine.  It has quiet and flowing language and if you chant the story in a soothing way it will to calm your child ready for sleep.  What a wonderful way to finish your day reading the words -

“Sweet dreams my darling, sleep well, good night!” 

You can even sing this book using the tune, “Cows in the kitchen” if you change the words slightly.  Use a soft, calming voice.  Reading this book every night will help your child to understand that it is bedtime – and have some concept of time as the book is read every day at the same time.  They will also gain an understanding that other animals sleep at night!!

Some other”Time” ideas related to
“Time for Bed” by Mem Fox. 

  • When did it happen?  Ordering the day.  Taking photos of a day out and put in time order.
  • What did you do?  Drawing what you did in the morning, at lunchtime, in the afternoon and at night.  Having a selection of activity pictures to choose from and a picture of the moon, sun, etc!
  • LANGUAGE – good morning, good night, good afternoon in English and different languages

Building a mathematical language is really important with very young children so they become very familiar with the words and what they mean.  Here are some “TIME” words you can introduce naturally as you are playing or talking with your child.  This will help them with understanding concepts of time in the future.

MATHEMATICAL LANGUAGE – TIME 

first/last next before/after morning/afternoon/night today/yesterday/tomorrow short time/long time/ fast/slow first/second time

Days of the week: Monday, Tuesday…

day, week

birthday, holiday

bedtime, dinnertime, playtime

before, after

now, soon, early, late

quick, quicker, quickest, quickly

slow, slower, slowest, slowly

old, older, oldest

new, newer, newest

takes longer, takes less time

  • Birthdays – traditions and celebrations  
  • Counting candles on cakes 
  • Growing seeds
 
  • Height charts – measuring height over a period of time
  • LONG TIME, SHORT TIME – Discuss with your child if the following take a long or short time!
    • A kitten to grow into a cat
    • To build a house
    • Read a book
    • Dad to mow the lawn
    • To pick up a paintbrush
    • To clap three times
    • To grow 2 centimetres
    • To grow a seed into a flower
    • To walk to the door
    • To stand up

  • USE DIFFERENT TIMING DEVICES:
    • Egg timer
    • Minute timer
    • Sand timer – cone of paper resting in the neck of a jam jar.  A small hole allows the sand to trickle through.  
    • Water timer – a plastic cup with a small hole at the base fixed to a jar and the water allowed to drip through – may notice drips more slowly at the end due to decrease in force
    • Pendulum
    • Shadow clock – sundial 
    • Make an appointment book – hairdressers, dentists, doctors etc
    • Hold a balance for a number of seconds – various body parts in different formations

 “TIME FOR BED” IS ONE OF THE BUTTERFLY WINGS “BRINGING PICTURE BOOKS ALIVE” WORKSHOPS.  PLEASE CONTACT THE BUTTERFLY WINGS TEAM IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BRINGING PICTURE BOOKS ALIVE WORKSHOP AT YOUR CENTRE/SCHOOL.  

WE HOPED YOU ENJOYED THIS
BUTTERFLY WINGS RHYME OF THE MONTH!