Category Archives: Math

Fall Fun!

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Fall Fun!

Hi families,

I hope you are all faring well during the power outages across town.  Here are a few photos from the past week that will surely bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.  Included in the photos are some pics of children enjoying festive math and literacy games, Forest fun, a forest story walk (The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything), discovering just how many nuts and seeds can fit into a chipmunk’s cheek pouches, story-retelling, and reading with our big buddies.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday 11/3 No School (Teacher Inservice)

Wednesday 11/8 Early Release (11:45)

Picture Re-take 11/9

Thanksgiving Break 11/22-11/24

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So Much Learning Happenin’ in K

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So Much Learning Happenin’ in K

Lots and lots of photos… What to look for and ask your child to tell you more about:

Apple Tree Counting Practice

Seeds…How do they travel?

Velcro…Inspired by “Nature”

Play-Do Counting Practice & Number Formation

“Fairy Island” in the Outdoor Classroom

  • Building Fairy Houses and cooperation

A quiet listening moment at the pond-“Signs of Fall”

Pumpkin Jack and his seeds – The Cycle of a Pumpkin and counting 100’s of seeds

  •  There are 512 seeds to be exact, counting hundreds and ones

4 Winds and “Leaf Litter” all of those decomposers

Field trip to the Audubon “Critter Construction” and the cutest Beaver ever!

These children love learning outdoors.  They are our “Forest Children”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori

Squishy Fraction Fun

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Squishy Fraction Fun

Today in 1st grade math, the children explored fractions with some homemade play dough.  It was a fun way to introduce what can be a very challenging concept for many children.  Before taking out the play dough I used some fun wooden food items that have been cut into fractions to introduce the concept.  This really helped visually demonstrate what a fraction of something looks like and showed that fractions of a whole need to be equally divided. Then out came the play dough.  First graders LOVE play dough!  The children used their shape mats as a guide for the placement of their play dough and then used a plastic knife to cut the shape into fractions.  We focused on 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4.  Following the hands-on experience, the children did some follow-up work so that I could tell which learners got it and which ones need a little more instruction.

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Money Matters

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Money Matters

This week the first grade students spent some time examining and comparing coins.  They sorted them and looked for clues that might help them remember their name and value. Then for each type of coin they compared how many it would take to total $1.00.  A great way to reinforce their understanding is to have them sort and add coin values at home.  They were very excited to sort and add the plastic money.  They will love getting their hands on some real coins.

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