Thursday, April 28, 2016

Waldorf Gnomes & Numbers


Waldorf math is introduced using the help of coloured Gnomes.

http://www.oakmeadowbookstore.com/Math-Gnomes-p3332.html
Each colour represents a math process (add,  subtract, multiply & divide) and lessons are given in story form, without naming the processes involved.


We used the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' from 'The Book of Little Folk', to introduce our new Gnome friends. This book is chock full of international fairy and gnomes stories as well as several famous poems.
I left out patches of unfinished felt cut-outs to be made into Gnomes capes & caps for the morning!


Each of the Gnomes has a little poem to tell about their character.
http://rosegardenhomeschool.blogspot.ca/2012/10/waldorf-math-for-youngest.html?m=1



Plus keeps what he finds
He has quite a heap
He adds the new to the old
And yells, “They’re mine to keep!”

Minus has a loving heart
But his pockets are always bare
For what he doesn’t lose
He is always willing to share

Our friend Divide
Takes the greatest care
To ensure that everyone
Has an equal share

Times is quick and able
He gathers with great speed
Handfuls at a time he gets
His bounty multiplies indeed!

Good King Equals is always fair
He sees the same amount everywhere!

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