Jacob has been diligently working through his math lessons, some days breezing right through, others not so much. Math is not his favorite subject, so it’s important to kinda break things up a little bit some days, just to break from the monotony. He’s actually had quite a bit of practice with estimation this year, so this product review was a Godsend.
The Estimation Station, from Educational Insights, is a visual way to teach estimation to one child or a classroom full of kids. This empty container comes with its own scoop that is just as important as the container itself in teaching kids how to visualize numbers and volume. There is also an Instruction and Activity Guide that comes along with the Estimation Station. This Guide has step by step, day by day exercises you can do with kids to help them learn how to estimate well, leading into other learning activities like graphing, figuring place value, working with fractions, counting strategies, etc.
There are a number of things you can use to practice estimation skills; the boys and I actually used big, fluffy marshmallows. The boys had a great time filling the jar first. They then guessed how manyÃ‚Â marshmallows they thought might be in the jar. Then we retrieved the scoop, and I was able to explain to Jacob how many of the scoops would most likely fill the container. Of course, then he got to experiment with it firsthand to see if our calculations were correct. Just a little over 8 scoops of marshmallows filled our container to the brim. The great thing about getting sticky marshmallow all over our container is that 1) the boys enjoy eating the marshmallows, and 2) the jar, lid, and scoop are all dishwasher safe.
There are other activities, as mentioned above, that estimation can lead into, not only for Jacob, but for Jaden too. This is the perfect counting station for Jaden who’s just learning to count. It’s also fun for him to fill up, empty out, and fill up again. It gives tactile learning fun.
You can purchase the Estimation Station for $14.99 from Educational Insights; it’s geared toward ages 5 and up, grades K+. It would make a great gift for any classroom.Ã‚Â Also, Educational Insights is offering Facebook fans a 3 day, 2 night trip to Los Angeles to view a live taping of Jeopardy!Ã‚Â® They would LOVE to give you the opportunity to win. The contest goes on from now until the end of August! Visit their Facebook page here, Educational Insights.
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