Term 2 Week 2 – Writing Number 4

During week 2 the children started writing number 4.

We practiced its value, said its name and saw which animal character helps us remember its shape.  We also saw were 4 stands on the number line.

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Writing number 4

As we do with every number we revise the work done during the first term.  The children recalled that mummy caterpillar and baby caterpillar help us remember the shape of number 4.

4 caterpillar

However our main focus is more on the rhyme at this point because it guides them with the formation.

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It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing 4.  The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.  Here is how our number writing pages look like.

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After we finished working with number 4 we worked on a mixed page were the children had to count objects and circle the correct corresponding number.  Here is what the page looked like.

Number 4 Songs –

 

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Term 2 Week 2 – Writing Number 7

This week we started writing another two numbers.  The first number for this week is 7.  The children were very eager to start putting pencil to paper.  Before every session we go through the work we would have done in term 1 on that number.

We practice its value, say its name and see who helps us write it.  We also look at a number line and see where the number stands on the line since we are not writing the numbers one after the other.

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Revision – Number 7

Ms. Giraffe helps us shape 7.

7 giraffe

However our main focus is more on the rhyme at this point because it guides them with the formation.

seven
It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing 7.  The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.  Here is how our number writing pages look like.

Number 7 songs –

 

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Other important points

  • I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left.  Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
  • “Across the sky” starts from the left to the right. They need a reminder for this at times because they might write the mirror image of number 7.
  • For number 7 we do not cut the number at the middle like some people are used do.
  • I also remind them from time to time to remain in the box whilst writing.
  • If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.

After finishing writing number 7 we worked a mixed page were the children had to count 1 or 7 objects, stick the corresponding number as well as fill in a number line which had numbers 1 and 7 missing.  A page sample is shown below.

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Term 2 Week 1 – Writing Number 1

As you all know the first term was dedicated to practicing numbers and even letters using crayons and using hand exercises through play to help the children get the correct pencil grip as well as getting their hand muscles strong for writing.

During this 2nd term we have started phase two that of writing the numbers on our workbooks.  We will also do this with the letters after finishing the entire alphabet.

Writing number 1

We made a big do in class now that the 2nd term is in.  I told the children that they grew some more and now they are going to use their magic fingers to write number 1.  However there are a set of rules to be followed whilst writing.

posture

We actually go through the rules before a writing session is happening and help and encourage the children.  Please when the children happen to be writing at home do encourage the correct posture rules.  If you have any queries please let me know.

Other rules that the children follow are:

  • Start at the dot.
  • They follow the rhyme of the number.
  • And write their number in the guided box as much as possible.
  • It is okay to make mistakes; we can rub and keep on trying. Doing our best is important not having a perfect page.
  • No scribbling on our workbooks or those of our friends.
  • Be proud of our work   🙂

For all those children who at times revert to an incorrect pencil grip please just remind them the correct way of how to hold a pencil gently without a big do.

I tell them that we are doing the quack, quack motion.

  • The duck quacks by placing the pencil between the first two fingers.
  • The 3rd finger helps it to rest.
  • Fingers 4 and 5 act as a pillow underneath.

Similar to the picture above except that we try to close the last two fingers too.

Number 1 Formation Revision –

The animal character which helps number 1 remain straight – Mrs. Owl (refer to 1st blogs posted in the first term under numeracy) along with a NEW number 1 rhyme below.

1 formation
We revised the value of number 1 by

  • Counting 1 using a pattern like in the lion’s mane by alternating 2 different coloured blocks. So I yellow block, 1 orange block etc.  They also used other colours.

 

 

  • They also watched a story called Beep Beep Vroom Vroom by J. Spikey –


They then created a pattern strip using different coloured cars just like in the story.  You can see their work hanging outside our classroom near the glass door.

Last but not least the children started practicing number 1 by tracking it on page 2 sample below, as well as writing it using their pencils in pages 3 and 4.

1-patterns

 

Term 1 Week 11 Number 9 with a difference !

We started the lesson by going through the numbers learnt so far and their story in brief.  We then mentioned that the next number on our number line is 9.

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To learn the formation of number 9 we used the following number story

Ms. Zebra is very excited because Father Christmas is going to visit the zoo and he is going to give a present to all the animals.

She is skipping all around the zoo in excitement.  We need to calm her down because if Father Christmas does not see her in her house he thinks that she does not live there anymore and won’t leave any presents for her.

9 zebra

To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Ms. Zebra. This is what we say:

  1. Start at her eye.
  2. We curve around all her face
  3. And slide down her neck.

For our hands on part of the lesson we had a special guest in class Ms. Gaby (Our IT teacher for the upper juniors and seniors) who showed the children how to write 9 using a mini bot.

The children were very excited for this experience.  The bots are previously coded to follow the formation of the number using special markers on a piece of blank paper.

The children see the bot doing the formation whilst lighting up and then they copy the movement using their own crayons.  Below are the pictures of the children handling the bots under supervision and writing number 9.

They also used the rainbow technique to reinforce this.  Other manipulatives used for this lesson were sequins where the children had to count 9 of them and glue them onto a cute little snow man on their numeracy workbooks.  The numicon shape corresponding to this number is the purple shape with 9 holes in it.

9 numicon

number 9

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 9.

  • Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
  • Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
  • Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 9 objects.  In this case 9 sequins.

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.
  • This week they can practice counting till 9 by using any leftover decorations you might have.
  • Play treasure hunt using these same items pretending Father Christmas hid them because he wants them to say the numbers.
  • Use number flash cards and count the corresponding number of baubles.
  • They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 9 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.

 

 

Term 1 Week 10 – The Oval and the Rectangle

During our numeracy sessions we also spoke about shapes.  In the previous blog I mentioned that the baubles on our tree had a special shape – oval.

ovals

Properties of an oval

Ms. Oval is another friend of ours who helps us form her shape.  She is actually best friends with Ms. Circle.  However Ms. Oval loves to stretch a lot. She looks like a stretched circle.  She can stand up of lie down.

An oval is

  1. Like a stretched circle
  2. It can stand up or lie down
  3. It has no sides
  4. It has no corners
  5. It cannot roll

oval guy

We saw various oval shaped objects: baubles, clock, mirror, face, plate and watch.

The children proceeded to work on their shapes book where they chose the oval from other shapes and coloured it in.  They also stuck a bauble made out of recycled Christmas cards onto the same workbook.

oval-shapes

O – Oval links us to the literacy lessons.  See literacy blogs for more detail.

Rectangle

rectangle

During the 10th week we also worked on another shape – the rectangle.  The children saw that the presents under the Christmas Tree could be square like the shape we had done some time ago or they could be rectangle shaped.  Mr. Rectangle helped us see his properties.

  1. A rectangle has four sides.
  2. Two of these sides are stretched.
  3. It has 4 corners
  4. It has 4 angles.
  5. It cannot roll.

The children looked for rectangle shapes in the classroom.  They mentioned the following objects, the interactive whiteboard, the window, the tables, books, blocks, the class carpet, the shelves in class, and boxes amongst other things.

We will be gluing rectangle shaped presents to consolidate this concept on our scrapbook next week.

Rectangle – Teach & Learn Shapes for Kids


The Shapes Song –

 

 

Term 1 Week 10 – Revision of big and small, triangles

xmas tree

In one of the previous blogs I mentioned that the children heard the story of Mr. Willoby and The Christmas Tree.  If you watch the story with your child you will see that each time a piece of the tree was being cut off.

Each time we end up with a big tree and a small tree.  This helped us revise the big and small concept.  The children consolidated this concept by comparing big and small Christmas Trees on their workbooks using interlocking blocks and colouring in the big Christmas tree just like Mr. Willowby’s tree.

They also revised the triangle shape since the Christmas tree too has this shape.  We then moved onto what we can put up on the tree to decorate it.

Each child mentioned what they might decorate their tree with.  Some said candy cane, chocolate treats, bows, ribbon, star, little presents, angels and baubles.

The children then started a mini project where they decorated little cutout trees to decorate our class door.  (You will see this very soon).

I told them that when Father Christmas came to my house last year by mistake he left behind special shaped baubles which led us to the next shape for this year the oval.  (Please see next numeracy blog for details).

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Number 8

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.

Number 8

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.

8 teddybear
This is what we say:

  1. Start at the right ear.
  2. We go around his face
  3. Slide down his neck and tummy in the shape of a s.
  4. 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.

8 numicon

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.

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Number 7

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:

7 giraffe

  1. Start at the top
  2. Go across her face
  3. 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.

7 numicon

The children were given play dough mats where they put seven apples on a tree and formed the number 7 with play dough.

7 drawing
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.

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – The Circle

During our topic work about the solar system we looked at the planet shapes.  This was the introduction to one of our numeracy lessons this week – The Circle.

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Our Wilf robot helped us see the circle rules:

  • A circle is round.
  • It has no sides.
  • It can roll over.

With these properties in mind the children were able to play treasure hunt in class and look for objects which are circular in shape.

They found various objects amongst them a cushion, the clock, tape, the round flashcard rules we have in class, blocks, pompoms, the play dough lids, other container lids, and buttons.

The children worked on their shapes workbook where they had to colour in the circle shape amongst other shapes.

They also sorted shapes we have done so far into their different sections.

  • The circle songs –

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 6 and 7 – Number 6 and the Heart Shape

Week 6 – We revised the numbers 1-5 using a Halloween theme.

Week 7 – The next number on the number line is 6.

As you saw from the topic work blog the children drew their family members.  They needed a tree to stick their family on, so each child created this by using 6 hearts each.

They had to count the hearts and stick them in the shape of a tree in their numeracy workbook.  They then stuck their family sketches on top.

They formed number six using their rainbow technique as usual.

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 6.

  • Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
  • Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6.
  • Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 6 objects.  In this case 6 hearts.

To help us learn the formation of number 6 we use this story

Mr. Snail helps us see the shape of number 6.

Mr. Snail is already with his house on his back to go and meet his friends at the park and go for lunch together.  His house is quite heavy to carry around.

Especially like today when he has to climb the wall or fence to get to the park and reach his destination.  So we are going to give him a helping hand by pushing him up the wall.

snail 6

To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Mr. Snail. This is what we say:

  1. Start at the eye
  2. Go round the neck
  3. Go round the house on Mr. Snail’s back
  4. And stop

The numicon shape for number 6 is the light blue rectangle shape with 6 holes in it.

6 domino

The Heart Shape – Since we were using hearts for this craft we had a look at the heart shape.  The children became aware that if you fold the heart exactly from the middle in two you gets the same shape on both sides.   The children used paint to stamp hearts on their workbooks.

Songs – The Numbtums Number 6


Learn The Heart Shape –


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 practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours. If they are reluctant tell them that they are the teacher and it should do the trick.  (Obviously you have to draw the first outline yourselves such as below.)

    6 small

  • 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.