Original Research

Science and mathematics teaching through local games in preschools of Botswana

Kabita Bose, Grace Seetso
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 6, No 2 | a453 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v6i2.453 | © 2016 Kabita Bose, Grace Seetso | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 May 2016 | Published: 29 November 2016

About the author(s)

Kabita Bose, Department of Primary Education, University of Botswana, Botswana
Grace Seetso, Department of Primary Education, University of Botswana, Botswana


This article presents a study regarding preschool teachers’ skills and competencies in teaching science and mathematics. The aim of the project was twofold; one to find out the preschool teachers’ knowledge about mathematics and science concepts and then to develop support material to empower them with skills and competencies to teach these concepts in preschools. A qualitative approach was adopted, and a case study method was used. Data were collected through two workshops and focus group discussions with preschool teachers. The study revealed that the preschool teachers had content knowledge, but lacked pedagogical knowledge that is crucial in teaching of preschool children, and they provided science and mathematics experiences in preschools scarcely. A resource book of 33 local games and rhymes thus was developed as a support material to empower the teachers with skills and competencies to use play to teach science and mathematics in preschools. The resource book developed consists of 33 local games/rhymes and is packaged with the games’ illustrations, steps and rules followed in the games, science and mathematics concepts and competencies that could be taught to children, along with probing questions that would help in teaching of science and mathematics concepts to children.


Science; Mathematics; Preschool; Play; Games; Rhymes


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