This week we worked with number 7, the next number on the number line.
As part of our topic work we spoke about where we live. Some mentioned they live in a flat, some in a house with a garden. This led us to colouring in a house and garden on our number scrapbook. They then had to count and stick 7 small flowers on the same page.
Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 7.
- Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
- Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7.
- Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 7 objects. In this case 7 flowers.
The Number Story which helps us with the formation is the following:
Ms. Giraffe helps us see the shape of number 7. She is hungry. She loves eating leaves which are found at the top of very tall trees. She stretches her neck up high and eats away 7 leaves. We help her swallow the leaves with the following movement:
- Start at the top
- Go across her face
- And down her neck
The children used manipulatives to understand the value of this number. As always we show them the numicon shape corresponding to this number. In this case the pink shape with 7 holes in it.
The children were given play dough mats where they put seven apples on a tree and formed the number 7 with play dough.
Practice Ideas for Home
- It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work and which number comes after which.
- At times children count incorrectly because: they count too fast: they miss out pointing to an object completely: last but not least they point to an object twice. In this case tell them to count in a sing-song manner stretching the time pointing to an object a soecind or two more.
- They can use their bodies to form the shape of number 7. They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 7 times.
- They can practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours. If they are reluctant tell them that they are playing teacher and it should do the trick.
- They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make. If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together. Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.