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Bunga Manggar


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Thinking of using local content to teach Numeracy? How can you design learning centres to support children’s learning through play? 

Find out in this lesson idea how you can use the Bunga Manggar seen in Malay weddings to help children understand the part-whole concept in Numeracy. Children will have opportunities to explore TWO learning areas through an integrated approach in this learning experience.

Using local contexts

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Show pictures of a Malay wedding or stalks of Bunga Manggar and invite the children to share their experiences. 
What are these people doing?
Where have you seen the Bunga Manggar? What do you think they are for?

Scaffold numeracy concepts using the CPA approach

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Invite your children to create their own Bunga Manggar using pipe cleaners, plasticine and straws. Have them use pipe cleaners in two colours to make different combinations of 5 (e.g. 2 yellow and 3 blue or 1 yellow and 4 blue).

This kicks off the process of children learning the part-whole concept through a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach! 

Purposeful play at the learning centres

Create games for children to practise and reinforce their understanding of part-whole relationships. Set up props related to the Malay wedding and culture for them to dramatise and role play.
This allows your children to consolidate their learning while having fun!