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Forming products made of modeling masses and their use in mathematical activities of children in the age group from 4 to 6 years

Matej Koščak (2018) Forming products made of modeling masses and their use in mathematical activities of children in the age group from 4 to 6 years. Diploma thesis.

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    In the market, there are a great number of various types of modeling masses. Some of them are natural and some of them are of artificial origin. The common characteristic of all is the possibility of transformation of the original form of the material into a new, desired product. This is achieved through the use of various design techniques. The use of the most optimal of them depends on the type of the mass we choose for modeling. Modeling masses represent an exceptionally useful means for the use in the preschool period, as a child assimilates important elements and experiences, which are necessary for his development, through the very process of forming and creating. In the process of creating, a child strengthens fine motoric functions, improves the abilities of problem-solving, enhances the level of creative thinking, and develops technical skills. At the same time, he learns modeling features and material characteristics of individually used modeling masses. Their use, however, is not necessarily finished by the creation of the final product. Namely, creating products from modeling masses offers a great opportunity for further use in other fields also. In this bachelor’s thesis, we focused on connecting with the curricular field of mathematics where we created various didactic accessories for the needs of performing mathematical activities in the group of children in the age of 4 to 6 years in order to achieve the set goals successfully. By using such products, created from three various artificial modeling masses (Plasticine, Das Clay, and Fimo Clay), we managed to strengthen skills of children in mathematical fields of assimilating the ABC of counting, recognizing different geometric shapes, recognizing and successfully continuing the patterns and sorting the elements by length and size. Forming didactic means from the modeling masses and their further use proved to be exceptionally welcome and useful. At the same time, this is an insufficiently spread method of work in the Slovenian kindergartens with regards to availability and broad possibilities of using such materials. Therefore, this bachelor’s thesis should be an incentive to the teachers for more regular inclusion of modeling masses in planning and performing the work with children. It also offers directives for their efficient use.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: artificial modeling masses, forming, technical education, mathematics, production of didactic accessories
    Number of Pages: 55
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stanislav AvsecMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12293193
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5562
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 09:27
    Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 09:27
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5562

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