When a baby elephant is born, he is scooped up by his mother and made to stand on all four of his feet, from that time forward she teaches him all he must learn to survive in the jungle.
One of the first things she teaches him is where to find her milk, just like us he needs nutrition or good food to help him learn and live. He discovers many different flavors and textures by putting things in his mouth and feeling them with his tongue, he soon learns if they are good to eat or not. Have you ever eaten a lump of dirt ? I’m sure every baby elephant has.
The baby elephant quickly learns that eating stones gives him a sore tummy! As the baby elephant gets used to his surroundings, he has to meet and be introduced to his family and the rest of the herd. His mother teaches him who he is, and how he fits in. He is taught how to communicate with the other elephants using his voice and his body.
Those big ears he has are very good for hearing commands and instructions from his mother, we need to use our ears in order to learn as well. Can you flap yours? Try it! Sometimes we need to have things repeated many times, even baby elephants get distracted by the things that are going on around them. If we really want to learn, we need first of all to know, why?
A baby elephant has to learn in order for it to survive in the jungle, our world is a bit like a jungle too, and if we want to survive in our jungle, then, we need to learn our survival skills too! Mathematics are a part of our daily existence and they are also important survival skills that we and elephants both need to know.
Do you ever get asked, "How much....?" "How little....?" "How big....?" "How small.....?" "How wide...?" "How many......?" "How long.....?" "How short......?" "How tall ...?"