KinderGals: October 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Learning All About The Family

Family Fun! This post shares some of our favorite math and literacy activities for celebrating Families!
What fun is this? The kids follow the recipe to make a shape house cookie. After making the cookie, we sequenced the sentences to show the steps. Then, the children drew a picture of the shape house cookie and labeled the shapes.
For this math center, the children glued 8 houses of different colors on a strip of paper. Once they were glued down, the children sequenced the ordinal number house cards. Then, they completed the recording page by labeling the ordinal position of each house. 
After teaching the children the nursery rhyme, The Old Lady who Lived in a Shoe, we played this math activity.  The children rolled a dice to add boys and girls to their shoes. Then, they decided how many children altogether. We played several times before the children glued them down.
We love the book, The Doorbell Rang.  After reading the story, we completed this math story problem.  We played several times before using the recording page.
We learned the Shel Silverstein poem, Tree House/Free House. Then, the children surveyed their friends to see if they want to live in a tree house or a "street house". They converted their data to a graph and wrote their analysis.
Love using things that are FREE! I have a stash of magazines. I made a step book for each child. On each page, I wrote a letter or a word that each child needed to practice. Then, the children look through the magazine to find that letter/word. They cut them out and glue them on the page.
This is a fun way to work on descriptive vocabulary.  The children selected a clip art picture that represented someone in their family. Then, invite theme to write or dictate a description of that person.
We used this chart and interactive writing to make a list of things in a baby bag.  I have a baby bag with these things inside.  As I pull them out, we wrote the word beside the correct picture.  Then, the children made a baby. We used a paper plate to make a diaper book. Inside of the book, the children glued the pictures and wrote the labels for each.
 Over the course of the week, we completed this tree map, doing one section each day.  Tree maps are a GREAT way to introduce nonfiction writing.  Once the tree map is completed, the children can use the sentences to make a family book.
If you want to see more fun family activities, watch the video in the "preview" on the Family Fun Unit.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Numeral Interventions: What You Do When They Still Don't Get It!

Do you have some children in your room that know all of the numerals while others know some, but not all, and yet others know very few? This blog post shares our strategy to tackle just that!
Storage and Management
First, we purchased a hanging file folder box. We created a folder for each numeral by placing tabs at the top.
Then, we labeled a 2 pocket folder and a supply bag for each child. We placed both of them inside a 2 gallon Ziploc bag. Make one for each child.
We collected all of the supplies for each child. These are stored inside the supply bag.
Once we had collected all of the needed items, we assessed each of the children to determine which numerals/numbers needed an intervention.
Using that information, we collected the activities for each child and placed them inside of the 2 pocket folder. We labeled one side with a green dot and one with a red dot.  The children start with all of the activities on the green dot side. As they complete each activity, they move it to the red dot side.
Numeral/Number Activities

We made 10 different activities.  First we use the assessments to decide which numerals (usually 3-5 numerals at a time) we are going to put in the folder. Then, we select which of the 10 activities we are going to use.  We may use 3-4 for each numeral. Here are the 10 activities that we choose from.
Race It! is a favorite of all of your car enthusiasts. The children remove the car from the supply bag. They roll the car along the numeral as they name it.
What children don't like playdough?  For the Roll It! activity, the children roll the playdough into snakes as they form each numeral.
For Bend It! the children use pipe cleaners to  form each numeral. As they are forming the numeral, they repeat the number name.
Pom Pom It! uses the same numeral cards as Roll It! and Bend It!. The children use the pom poms to place on the numeral outline. For extra fun, add a pair of tweezers to manipulate the pom poms!
Find It! (Numerals) helps the children identify the numeral by visually discriminating it from the other numerals.  Invite the children to place a button, or other small object, on the numeral indicated in the large box.  As the children place the buttons on the card, invite them to say the numeral. If they can't remember the name of the numeral, they can count the dots in the tens frames.
If the child can identify the numeral, they may need to practice recognizing the number. Number refers to the quantity while numeral refers to the symbol that represents that quantity. To practice number, the children follow the same rules by placing a button on each number configuration.
Clip It! provides additional practice with number. The children clip the clothes pin on each configuration that matches the numeral on the card.  Clip It! 1 uses dominoes, dice, number bonds and fingers.
Clip It 2! also provides practice with identifying number configurations. It has tens frames, tally marks, linking cubes and rekenreks.
For Trace It! The children use their finger or a pointer to trace the numeral. Repeated practice develops brain memory of the stroke.
One of the last strategies to use is Write It! After laminating the card, the children use the dry erase marker to trace the numeral and then to practice forming the numeral on the lines provided.
All of these activities can be found in our Numeral Intervention Unit.

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