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Early Learning Kindergarten

number-match

In the Early Learning Kindergarten Program, one of our curriculum areas is numeracy.  Throughout the year, we have integrated numeracy into our daily routines.  But this week, I wanted to focus on number recognition.

In our math centre, I put a spinner with the numbers 5 to 12 on it.  I also printed off 3 sheets with that had  8 squares on it and inside each square was a number of objects to match the numbers on the spinner.  I laminated the sheets so I could use them again, and again.  I chose those numbers because all of our students can already recognize the numbers 1 to 4.

During a large group instruction time, I introduced the game to the children.  I explained that 3 children could play at one time.  The first child could spin the spinner.  That child had to find the square that had the matching number of objects to the number the spinner landed on.  The children could continue to play until one child filled their card and matched all of the numbers.  I took a turn once so they could see how to do it.  I also made sure I was sitting beside the math centre for most of the first day, in case they students needed help when they were playing.

To use to mark matches on the squares, I used magnetic numbers.  They gave them visual reinforcement.  However, you could use bingo chips, coins, or anything else that works for your classroom.

a-twist-to-the-survey

For the past couple of days, I have been ensuring that each child in our Early Learning Kindergarten class had an opportunity to conduct a survey. 

Once each child was done, I met with them individually to assess their knowledge of what the survey meant.  I asked them to tell me something about the survey using the word “more” and something using the word “yes”.  Almost every child told me which column had more, and which had less, using complete sentences.  I think this knowledge comes from the graph we do every morning.

Now that I know the children are capable of interpreting surveys and graphs, I decided to use a different survey.  In the Nelson Mathematics book, there is a survey that you can reproduce that says “Do you like ___ more than ___”.  I photocopied this survey and used “apple” and “banana” for the blanks.  I used stickers for those that can’t read the words.

The first group of children today enjoyed this survey too.  I left additional copies in our math centre, and a few of the children chose to do the survey during play time.