We start our numeracy lesson by listening to a number song so the children get used to the numbers one after the other.
They also understand that we are talking about numbers and not about letters. The number we worked with this week was number 8. We also revised full and empty.
We associated this number with our recycling topic work, where the children had to count and stick 8 pieces of recycled paper onto their numeracy scrapbook. Then they practiced writing the number eight by using various crayons following the explanation written below. We also mentioned that first the recycling bin in empty and them it is full of recycled paper.
Important Point – I emphasized that when writing this number they cannot put two circles on top of each other. They have to write it using the animal character associated with this number.
Number 8 Story –
Baby bear is bouncing up and down. He is getting tired so let us help him go to sleep by patting him.
This is what we say:
- Start at the right ear.
- We go around his face
- Slide down his neck and tummy in the shape of a s.
- Then we go back up to join his ear.
- This is the manipulative which helps the children understand the value of this number. As always we show them the numicon shape corresponding to this number. In this case the dark green shape with 8 holes in it.
Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 8.
- Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
- Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8.
- Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 8 objects. In this case 8 recycled papers.
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.
- They can use nature around then to count 8. They can gather 8 small rocks, 8 empty snail shells, 8 dry leaves and so on
- They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 8 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.