After I led a whole class demonstration on the mat, we went to the tables and practiced at the tables. We used ice cream sticks, with the "+" written on them, slates, and little plastic blocks. The ice cream sticks were for dividing our slates in two. Then we put a number of counters on either side of the sign
Here's a simple problem Hannah did:
|1 on one side and 1 on the other side|
|1 + 1 equals 2!|
|Hmmm. 4 on one side and 6 on the other.|
|4 + 6 equals 10!|
Problems written out horizontally like 3 + 5 = 8 or vertically, (please forgive the formatting) like this are best saved until later.
So, again, please give plenty of hands-on practice. Avoid the algorithms until later.
Chocolate Chip, Justin's Baby Goat
Justin's been helping to raise baby lambs whose mothers cannot produce the milk they need with the help of Gram Cracker, his grandma Marcia Swenson. She brought one of the lambs to school.
I got a couple of photos of it.
|Chocolate Chip gets some love|
And of course we had to sing this old favorite children's song (adapted for the occasion):
Justin had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb,
Justin had a little lamb whose fleece was black as coal.
And everywhere that Justin went, Justin went, Justin went,
Everywhere that Justin went that lamb was sure to go.
It followed him to school one day, school one day, school one day,
It followed him to school one day which was okay that day.
It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play
It made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school.
|Zander and Chocolate Chip|
And, now, for you loyal readers: the first five kindergartners who can solve the plus sign problem shown in little blocks on the music stand will be in Monday morning's band with Hudson. You must leave the answer in the comments to enter this contest.
Enjoy the weekend!