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I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Patterns, Graphing and Number Sense with Pre-k'ers!

Hello All, Here is a follow up to my most recent post about the importance of math in the pre-k classroom. Today we worked on Graphs and Patterns. My class has been exposed to both of these several times in group teaching and number centers but this is the first time the children filled in the patterns and graphs on their own. I knew which ones would do well and which ones might have some trouble folllowing along. I will show you what both look like. I walked them through the patterns by first having a group pattern lesson on the carpet and then brining them to the table for the worksheet. We assigned each letter a color for the entire sheet so that there was no confusion in the switching of colors and so that I could use the colors to help them understand the pattern. A=orange, B=yellow, C=green, D=white. All typical colors of pumpkins; I even showed them pictures of each color pumpkin that I took at the pumpkin patch over the weekend but that is a different story. Back to the patterns there was AB, ABB, AAB, AABB, ABC and ABCD. We worked through each one together and I was scanning the room helping those that needed it. Here is my picture, a completed successful picture and a struggling picture. I will be working with this and several other students to make sure they can complete complex patterns successfully. The other concept we worked on today was graphing. We have made several large anchor chart bar graphs, venn diagrams and other comparison charts but today each child completed their own. Once again I walked them through the entire process in the hope that with some practice they will be able to independently complete graphs like this in math centers. We started by bringing our worksheet on a clipboard to the carpet, we also had our crayons. We colored the first object, the acorns, then counted them and filled in the 5 blocks. We went onto the apples and found six, was this more or less, how many more etc. We went onto the leaves and found 7, filled in the blocks and compared, how many more leaves are there than acorns, so 5+2=7? Which has the most now? etc. We then colored in the 4 pumpkins and compared all 4 objects like the other three. We found that 4+3=7, that anything plus one is the next number, how the graph shows more and less. This was a very successful activity and almost everyone was able to follow along and complete the worksheet without much trouble. The couple who did struggle were a couple of the same that struggled with patterns and are overall weak in number sense so they will be in a small group with more intensive instruction to get them on the same level as the rest of the class. Here are pictures of my graphing page, a successful graphing page and a struggling graphing page: As far as number sense we decomposed to 10. This was a very interesting activity and the first time I had done this with my pre-k'ers. They loved it! We decided how many to take away on each line and I walked them through each row. It was amazing to see the learning and thinking process that was going on during this activity and even better every child in my class was able to complete this successfully, even my strugglers. I only grabbed one picture of this one: Since I am 14 on 1 it is difficult to stop and fix each child's work as we go so instead I pull them during centers or quiet work time to individually work with my strugglers. If I had an aide I would of course use that person to help during the lesson. I also send home a few worksheets throughout the week with simple to complex patterns for all of the children to complete with their parents. The parents and I have an understanding regarding honesty when it comes to their child's strengths and weaknesses. The worksheets help the parents see first hand how their child is doing with each concept. Do you have a special way you teach number sense, new ideas or proven techniques? I would love to hear your ideas in a comment below! The pattern and graphing sheet can be found in my TPT and TN stores in my Fall Interactive Worksheet Bundle, the decomposing worksheet I printed off the internet and did not specify a copyriht so copyriht goes to the person who made that worksheet. Till next time.....

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Color the correct number, the importance of 10 frames and other number sense strategies!

In Pre-K and Kinder working with numbers is just as important as word work. We spend alot of time talking about manipulating letters for reading but not much time talking about manipulating numbers. Sure counting forwards and backwards is important but if you cannot identify what number comes before or after then there is a problem. Leaving holes like this in the learning of numbers and math strategies can cause frustration for children later in their education. Count and color is an excellent way to help children understand one to one correspondence and how to stop counting at a certain number. I have often found in my classroom that when you ask a child to count objects they either skip, go to fast or cannot stop till they get to 10. These habits all need to be worked on before they become a permannent way for the child to work with numbers. This also brings in the importance of 10 frames, having a child place one object in each box allows them to decifer between each box and the objects don't all blend together. It has been proven that word walls with frames allow the children to focus on one letter instead of focusing on the whole wall, this is also true for numbers. Whether or not the frames are labeled with numbers the framing of the object alone helps create a stopping and starting point for each object or number helping the child to slow down and count one at a time. Using worksheets like the following can help you identify which students are doing well and which ones are struggling with number order. Being able to cut, move around and place the numbers in order helps the child to solidify the learning of this concept. This child is able to put numbers in order and to stop at a number given when coloring letting me know that they understand the concept and are ready for the next level of number sense. With these next two worksheets you can see that these 2 students are on 2 different levels. One choose to count and color each graphic letting me know that they did in fact count and can distinguish between one object and a group of them. on the other papaer you can see that while this child may have counted they chose to color straight through the whole group of objects, this can be attributed to laziness on the childs part or they cannot distinguish between each graphic which would indicate the inability to count one at a time if the answers are wrong or a possible visual problem. Identifying small groups without counting, counting manipulatives to match a number card, putting number cards in order, reading the room for numbers/number words and identifying numbers before and after are all critical thinking skills for success in math. The inability to identify numbers and sets quickly can seriously inhibit learning in math later in education. In the classroom if a teacher asks what 3-1 is and you do not know that subrtacting 1 results in the number before 3 then you are stuck counting and working while the rest of the class has moved on. This skill for adding and subtracting is crucial for learning more advanced math skills and for keeping up in the classroom. This skill needs to be so automatic that only a second is needed to solve and move on. We can also not dismiss the importnce of patterns, graphing, size/shape and attribute comparisons, basic fractions and number identification without counting. In order for a child to have sucess in math throughout their education they need all of these skills plus the essentials that come with each grade. It is imperative that those of us teaching 4-5 year olds help to solidify as much of these skills as possible before our children move on. These worksheets and number sense activities can be found in various units I have created for TpT and TN. These worksheets in particular are from my Interactive Worksheet Bundle, use the following links to go directly to them: Interactive Worksheet Bundle Teachers Pay Teachers Interactive Worksheet Bundle Teachers Notebook For 10 frames and other number sense learning check out each of my themed units to get exactly what you are looking for. I hope this post helps us as teachers and parents understand that the understanding of numbers is just as important as reading. Till next time, Christine

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thank You freebie! Turkey ABC uppercase and lowercase letter match with recording sheets!

It is almost that time of year again when we are reminded to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. My followers, you, are certainly friends to be thankful for. Thinking about all of my blessings this past weekend at my brothers wedding amongst some of the most gorgeous fall scenery I was inspired to create a little something special for all of you. This center includes uppercase and lowercase full color turkeys for matching and letter recognition with three differentiated recording sheets. One blank to write both letters, one for recording uppercase letters and one for recording lowercase letters. I hope you enjoy using this center and thank you for being you, teachers who inspire children to learn everyday! Turkey ABC Matching Cneter Freebie!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

TPT FLASH SALE FB100K!

TPT hit 100K likes on facebook and is offering a 10% DISCOUNT ON EVERYTHING! They have not said how long it will last so I put my store on sale for 20% off for today and tomorrow to give you some awesome deals! Don't forget to plug in the code at checkout FB100K for your extra savings! Use the following link to go straigh to my store! MY TPT STORE

Fall worksheet mega bundle and a new FREEBIE!

Hello All, With fall in full swing and parent teacher conferences on Monday I have not had much time to create or blog however for all of my loyal followers I have decided to make it up to you buy bundling all of my fall worksheets at a discount and adding a 5 worksheet freebie to my store! My kiddos have been enjoying my newest sets of worksheets that are all interactive and keep their attention. I have taken out all of the centers and other printables in order to give you an entire unit of useable worksheets with 22 exclusive worksheets for free. You will not find these 22 new worksheets in any of my other units, they are only in the bundle.All of the worksheets are interactive withmore than one way of learning on the page. The students have really enjoyed all of the cutting/gluing, counting, coloring the correct number, matching the correct letter etc. These have been working so well in my reading group rotations. I have hardly been interrupted and this early in the school year that is impressive with 4 year olds. Here are a few pictures of my kiddos enjoying some of these worksheets.
Click this link to go directly to the mega bundle: FALL INTERACTIVE WORKSHEET BUNDLE Click this link to go directly to the 5 worksheet freebie that will give you a good idea of what is included in the mega bundle: INTERACTIVE MEGA BUNDLE FREEBIE I am realy enjoying seeing all of the hands on lerning that is taking place and the foundational skills these worksheets are helping to solidify. We all know the old addage, see, hear, do. These are great for the see and do once you give them a lesson. I hope your year is off to a great start! Enjoy, Christine