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Reggio inspired math centers

Yesterday I talked about how my classroom is ever-changing. I am constantly rotating materials in my centers, so  thought I would give some examples for different center materials.  Once I gathered a ton of materials for a particular center it was much easier to switch them out frequently.

When it comes to the math center, my students especially love the following math-related materials:

  • Scales (authentic bathroom or kitchen scales, as well as balancing scales)
  • Calculators
  • Abacus (I have a Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus that my students LOVE)
  • Rulers, yardsticks, and tape measures
  • magnet numbers
I also like to add things that students can manipulate with each of these items, such as:
  • natural materials
  • pre-cut pieces of yarn or ribbon
  • paper and pencil
  • patterning cards
  • snap cubes
  • beads and pipe cleaners
The most helpful containers to hold math supplies are trays and baskets with multiple sections, so that small pieces can be easily sorted.  Here are some photos of really great Reggio-inspired math centers. 

All of these centers have great ideas that only require easily sourced materials and very little preparation.  Using these 4 photos for inspiration, you should be able to fill your math center for the next 8 weeks!

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