Mrs. Forster had been teaching our students to play a domino train game. When the students are playing, they are identifying colours, working on counting 1-1, subitizing (identify quantity without counting), and matching. What a great activity to practise a wide range of math skills!
Our scout elf Rocky leaves us a message every morning! Today he posed a math question for us to answer…
“If Santa brings presents for Mrs. Tillotson, Mrs. Forster, and Ms. M, how many presents is he bringing?”
Our students thought of answers from 2 ( poor Mrs. Tillotson with none!) all the way to 10! The great thing about this math activity is that all of the answers are correct!
Today our Year 2 (and some year 1) students were exploring dot plates to investigate concepts of “how many”, and using math language about how we know. Some our our students would compare to familiar patterns (“it looks like the 4 on the dice”), or break down the numbers into their parts (“I see 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom”). This is a great way to talk about what we know about numbers.
Mrs. Forster is bringing Mrs. Tillotson into the 21st century!
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Some of our math materials are getting mysteriously low! If some of these materials have made their way to your home, can you please send them back to school.
The past few weeks, we have been talking about growth mindset, or “bubble gum brain”, with the children. Having bubble gum brain means that you flex, bend, and stretch your brain. You will try new things, and if you are stuck, you may say “I can’t do this….YET!”
Today we read the story “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and learned about Gerald the Giraffe who didn’t know how to dance…until he found the right music. As a class, we made a list of things we couldn’t do yet, but we might learn with practise or when we grow up.
Talk with your child about what having bubble gum brain means to them, and about some of the things they can’t do…yet!
Our Chime In page on our blog has upper case letters, lower case letters, and our popcorn chart. This is a great way to practise identifying these letters, sounds, and words. Consider printing off the letters and making a game for your child, such as Go Fish or a Memory Game!
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