# Math Is Fun

When we make learning fun and hands-on, students often grasp maths concepts more easily and make links to their learning. The goal for this maths activity was to make a paper chain rainbow cloud, with each chain containing eight circular links of the same coloured paper.

As Room 15 students carefully cut out their paper clouds they were developing their fine motor skills. The greater their fine motor skills, the easier it is for them to correctly hold and manipulate a pencil when they write.

The next step in the process was to count out 8 strips of red paper. This encouraged one to one counting.

Making a paper chain can be fiddly and frustrating. The students carefully bent the paper into circles then glued and linked them as they went. This helped their understanding of shapes and patterns using a colour attribute. By learning to ask for and accept help they learned that they were capable of achieving their learning goal while also learning from each other. This encouraged a tuakana/teina relationship.

Making a paper chain can be fiddly and frustrating. The students carefully bent the paper into circles then glued and linked them as they went. This helped their understanding of shapes and patterns using a colour attribute. By learning to ask for and accept help they learned that they were capable of achieving their learning goal while also learning from each other. This encouraged a tuakana/teina relationship.

I watched as students carefully checked their math, counting each link once they had completed a chain.

The students of Room 15 next step will be to continue to expand their number knowledge and one to one counting by working with teen numbers. They can also explore addition through working in pairs and adding their paper chains together.

## Debbie Berger

Since embarking on my teaching journey in 2017, I've found profound joy in shaping young minds, guiding them to explore their interests and embrace their curiosity. As a teacher, I've had the privilege of witnessing the spark of discovery ignite within my students, and it's a feeling that never loses its magic.

Balancing my role as an educator with being a wife and mother to two wonderful children has been a rewarding challenge. When I'm not in the classroom, I cherish the moments spent walking my dog, finding solace in the simple rhythm of nature. However, it's the quality time spent with my family that truly rejuvenates me, particularly during our visits to my husband's family in Israel. These journeys have not only enriched our cultural understanding but have also provided us with lasting memories.

My teaching philosophy revolves around nurturing children's innate curiosity. I strongly believe that by encouraging their interests and supporting their questions, we foster a love for learning that transcends the classroom. It's remarkable to witness their eyes light up as they uncover new ideas and concepts.

In essence, teaching isn't just my profession – it's my passion. Guiding children towards realising their potential and fostering their inquisitiveness brings a deep sense of fulfilment. As I continue on this journey, I look forward to many more years of inspiring young minds and creating a positive impact that extends far beyond the classroom walls.

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