Exploring Children's Science and Mathematics Ability with Leaf Diary: A Case Study

  • Resti Yulia Department of Early Childhood Education, Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia
  • Nenny Mahyuddin Department of Early Childhood Education, Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia
  • Nurhafizah Nurhafizah Department of Early Childhood Education, Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia
  • Komareeyah Sulong Sekolah Songserm Islam Seksa, Pattani, Thailand
Keywords: Leaf diary, Early childhood education, Science and mathematic

Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to explore Leaf diary activity to develop the Science and Mathematics ability of children aged 6 years.
Design/methods/approach – The method used is a case study. The unit of analysis is based on predetermined criteria, using the purposive sampling technique. Research informants are mentors and children involved in leaf diary activity in Solok, Indonesia. The data collection process used participant observation, documentation, and in-depth interviews. Data analysis used structural analysis techniques.
Findings – The results showed that leaf diary activity could develop: (1) children's ability to classify leaves based on their shape; (2) the ability to compare leaf size based on length, as well as large or small size.
Research implications/limitations – All research informants were from Solok District, Indonesia, which may limit the generalizability of the findings.
Practical implications – This case study contributes to the implementation of Leaf diary as an alternative activity that teachers or parents can do to develop children's science and mathematics ability.
Originality/value – Leaf diary activity can help children explore the natural environment so that basic science and math abilities and concepts in this activity are carried out well.

Paper type Case study

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Published
2021-12-31
How to Cite
Yulia, R., Mahyuddin, N., Nurhafizah, N., & Sulong, K. (2021). Exploring Children’s Science and Mathematics Ability with Leaf Diary: A Case Study. Al-Athfal: Jurnal Pendidikan Anak, 7(2), 145-156. https://doi.org/10.14421/al-athfal.72-05
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