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1,2 Buckle my shoes

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Preschool-aged children have been involved with concrete materials and hands on activities in order to build pre-math skills. In early years settings children need to ‘experience’ mathematics, rather than be taught it in a formal way. Acquiring the ‘feel’ of number and other mathematical concepts is for most children a slow but steady process. Children through this project develop mathematical skills and discover mathematical relationships as they play with many different kinds of materials. A wealth of practical and entertaining learning experiences developed by our creative team of teachers will help all our young children grow up enthusiastic about mathematics, ICT confident and literate. In this activity oriented, media rich project the children are encouraged to explore and discover fascinating mathematical concepts in an exciting context and interesting way and sharing their outcomes and process with peers from around Europe. They perform a series of innovative hands-on mathematical activities which they share between the participants through developing ICT skills. Children invent and play games whilst they learn to follow rules. Mathematics is a seamless part of the children's play curriculum contextualized within the European dimension addressing the curriculum of each country. Developing a continuously evolving and shared pedagogy between enthusiastic and creative teachers and learners is central to this project. 

1. Sommario progetto

‘1, 2 buckle my shoes’ is a project based on early mathematics. Preschools from Poland, Malta, Scotland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Romania, Lithuania and Canada, U.S.A, and England are participating in the project. A mathematical topic was planned for each month. Enumeration, comparing activities, adding, measures, space and position, shapes, comparisons, and classifications topics were carried out by the partners. Lesson plans were discussed and results of work exchanged at the end of each month. Different methodologies were observed and discussed. Young children learn best when they are allowed to construct a personal understanding based on experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. A set of topics, ‘Maths around us’ was planned and the children explored ‘Maths and our Toys’, Maths in the shops’, ‘Maths at Christmas time’, ‘Maths in the streets’, ‘Maths in the kitchen’, ‘Maths in the garden’, Maths in the gym’ and ‘Maths and water’.

The children performed a series of hands-on mathematical activities. They prepared mathematical crafts, drawings and take digital photos and video clips to share with each other. They actively participated in the preparation of presentations of activities they want to share with their new friends.
Children were encouraged to invent and play games whilst they learnt to follow rules. 
Children played online games and acquired ICT skills.
Video conferencing were held where children shared their experiences, sang number rhymes and heard the numbers in partner’s different languages. 
To realize this vision the project team worked together to raise awareness of the importance of mathematics in early education, sharing sound pedagogical approaches to mathematical teaching and learning and developing essential resources to support high quality equitable mathematical experiences for all young children. The project team shared their expertise in ICT and new ICT programs were explored. Children joined in creating mathematical digital puzzles and games. A <a href=" http://moodlepp5.webhost.pl/moodle/index.php?lang=en_utf8 "target="_blank"> Moodle platform </a>
was created where games, puzzles and interactive books were prepared for the children to access. Different European cultures and languages were also introduced to the children. The young children involved have had their natural self focus expanded to be inclusive of others and started the process of developing the early concepts of belonging to a wider national and international community with rich and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The Wiki" created to publish and share the outcomes shows clear examples of the above but equally demonstrates through video and digital photos the confidence, motivation and early independent learning skills the children acquired. Children and staff in all partner schools have accessed and experienced an eclectic array of ICT, improving skill and experience levels exponentially as the project progressed. The shared team working of the staffs in all schools has been an enormous advantage in pedagogical advancement and staff development. The ICT developments in our early stage classrooms achieved through this collaborative eTwinning project shows a very high level of skill and experience for both children and staff.
2. Paese (Città / Regione)
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
St Thomas More College Fgura Primary
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Marianne Schembri
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 10 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 


Children will master pre-math skills
Children will foster essential skills like critical thinking, observation, problem-solving, and communication.
Children from partner schools will motivate each other.
Logical thinking skills will be encouraged
Good mathematical experiences will be provided
Pedagogical issues will be exchanged
Children will develop their skills in ICT
Children will become aware of different European cultures and languages.
Children will have fun!
Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 


The project encourages innovation in pedagocical methods and materials. The teachers explore international methodologies. A bank of mathematical resources is created which is available to all interested teachers through our wiki. Learning is enjoyable and successful, personal and something which the children can identify. Children and staff from the different schools have highly motivated each other. Along with mathematicals, Ict is central to our project. The children are introduced and have accessed different tools and equipment. Self esteem and personal development was achieved with the use of video cameras and digital photos.
Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 


The partner schools has got pupils from different races, cultures and religions. There are different social classes. Through this project we can reach the parents by motivating them. They can also use the ICT resources on our moodle with their children at home.
We also strive for our students to learn in a pleasant, enjoyable and safe school environment and develop holistically the full potential of each and every child. Working with a European dimension we will get better results through sharing pedagogical issues and methodologies. Children as well as the pedagogical staff will be more motivated. All the students and partners will be exposed to different European languages and cultures. The level of ICT skills will rise in all partner schools
Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 


The pedagogical issue was a special point in our project.
The schools contributed to the structure that situated their curriculum. Each school addresses the outcomes differently. They were flexible to adapt the topics to their national curriculum. We got ideas from all over Europe. We found out that we all think in the same way. If one enters our wiki one can try our work examples and practices. It is like a teacher training course for international schools.
Another special and unique point was the ICT skills the children and teachers included acquired. Teachers shared ICT skills and tools. Tutorials on Web2.0 tools which can be found on our moodle platform were prepared and shared by the teachers. The teachers were enthusiastic and motivated each other in trying out new tools. A special section on our moodle platform is called ‘Time for Children’ were games, jigsaw puzzles, quizzes and interactive books were prepared with the children’s participation. In order to comply with internet safety, assessors have to register to enter the moodle platform. Online games were followed up with hands on activities. 
10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 


A wiki  http://twinmath.wikispaces.com/ with all our results can be accessed. This is a bank of resources which can be used by other teachers and parents.
The children have enjoyed innovative and creative mathematical activities. Learning was enjoyable and successful.
Thinking skills were encouraged. Children fostered skills like critical thinking, observation, problem-solving and communications.
The project has encouraged innovations in pedagogical methods and materials.
The partnership has facilitated communications between different countries.
The children have acquired Ict skills through the use of online games prepared by the teachers.
Parents were encouraged to access the wiki and use  <a href=" http://moodlepp5.webhost.pl/moodle/index.php?lang=en_utf8 "target="_blank"> the moodle </a> with their children.
Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 


The pedagogical exchanges with other European teachers have reinforced the variety of approach, quality and creativity of all the teaching staff involved. Staff motivation is high and the professional development through the exchange of ideas has added a quality dimension to all the classrooms involved. The children have engaged with others through their shared activities and the complex concepts of understanding similarity while celebrating difference have been initiated. The young children involved have had their natural self focus expanded to be inclusive of others.
Engaging in curriculum development with our partner schools across Europe opened new exciting possibilities in delivery of key curriculum objectives in many areas within and out with mathematics. Engagement in this eTwinning project with many European partners provided opportunities for cultural understanding, citizenship, language development, art and craft, technology and enterprise education all within the context of international education.
Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 


Children and staff in all partner schools have accessed and experienced an eclectic array of ICT, improving skill and experience levels exponentially as the project progressed. Specifically in all partnership schools these include internet explorer and search engines such as Google, presentation software including Power Point and PhotoStory3, communication tools including email, digital photography and digital video, interactive online games, Smart Board interactive activities and etc. Staff communication, pedagogical exchanges and project development has been facilitated through email and Wikis and pedagogical exemplars using video and presentation tools. Staff development in the use of ICT tools and also creative learning and teaching methodologies has been a significant and highly successful element within this project. Using pupil peer to peer support for the development of ICT skills and outcomes contextualized in team working between pupils has been a revelation and a transferable technique across the curriculum.
Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 


We assess the children development and progress. We take feed back from parents, children and other teachers.
11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Da 1 a 3 anni
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 


Some of the schools have continued the project by applying for a Lifelong learning Comenius grant. It has also been presented to other European pre-primary teachers at an eTwinning Pedagogical development workshop in Warsaw. It is used in our countries as an example of best practice of an eTwinning project.
Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 


Maths can be fun and enjoyable to the children.
Maths can be creative and innovative.
Practical activities can be copied.
Ict skills can be taught to young children of 3 to 6 years old.
Tutorials on ict tools can be accessed on our
 <a href=" http://moodlepp5.webhost.pl/moodle/index.php?lang=en_utf8 "target="_blank"> Moodle platform. </a>
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive


This is an etwinning project. Partners from Malta and Scotland started working on eTwinning projects in 2005 whilst partners from Poland and Spain had been working on other eTwinning projects. Malta and Poland joined together and invited the other partners to continue the partnership. They worked together on another project. Afterwards Malta and Poland started this project and invited past partners and new partners to have a wide range of schools from all over Europe.
Future plans and wish list: 


Comenius project will continue for another year. Alongside maths and Ict skills, traditions have been added as topics.
We are planning a new project for the coming year and we will continue with the partnership. We enjoy working in the eTwinning sphere as we have developed professionally and acquired a lot of ict skills. We would like to try out more web 2.0 tools and their use in pre-primary classes.


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