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Geo Boards

May 26, 2021 | Felicity Greene

Recently, the children have begun exploring a new math manipulative in the classroom called geo boards.

“The pegs are hard and metal.”

There are so many benefits to using geo boards including building hand eye coordination, muscle control, developing directionality, and of course encouraging those all-important fine motor skills! When using geo boards, children manipulate rubber bands to loop around pegs to make various shapes and images.

Using the rubber bands is trickier than it may look, but it allows children to practice using their pincer grip which they need when drawing and writing.  The children began their work with geo boards by taking some time to explore them.  They were allowed to create whatever image they wanted.  Some chose to make patterns with the different colored rubber bands…

“Green, pink, green pink.  Now the other way!”

After taking some time to explore, the children began making the letters of their names on the geo boards.  This was no easy task, and the children used images of letters on geo boards as a guideline that helped them understand how to manipulate the rubber bands in new ways.

“This is on four pegs and the picture has five pegs!”

After letters, the children moved on to making numbers…

After numbers, the children moved on to making pictures!

These activities have been such an engaging way for the children to not only practice important skills, but to experience a multi-sensory way to writing their names and identifying shapes and letters.  The teachers are looking forward to seeing what the children will create next!

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Sky Class

Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.

Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.

Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.

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