On Halloween day we went around the SIS campus on a scavenger hunt. We went on a search for Spooky decorations around Jing Shan Villas. Every time we found a spooky thing, we checked our list to see if it was on there. If we found something that was on our list we put an “X” or a check mark. The children had a lot of fun..they had no idea that they were working on their mathematical data handling skills.
Over the course of a week, we took the time to choose our class name. We first listed all the animals that we knew, then we began voting on which animal mascot we preferred. We visited the list daily and voted each time to make the list shorter. When we finally got down to 2 animals (frog and Snail), we then drew the animal that we preferred.
When we had the final vote for snails, we then listed the kind of snails that we liked. Each idea that the children suggested, we did research on. As a class, we looked at google images of each idea i.e. Bubble Snails, Fire Snails, Flower Snails..
Working together as a class to choose our name, gave the children ownership. All children were a part of the discussions and decisions. Activities like these set the feeling that we are a community, a team where every one has the opportunity and responsibility to contribute. Little did the children know that the were busy learning new vocabulary, math skills and growing as communicators by sharing their ideas.
In Pre K2, our math work is about hands on exploring at the concept level. Several times a week we have Math Centers after lunch-recess. During our Math Centers we are counting, matching, sorting, comparing, measuring and drawing. We set up activities that are both teacher guided and open exploration.
We got some cool old-school style robots, the kind that you have to wind up. We have been using them during math centers in a few different ways. First we must count and only wind them 4 times. Once the robots start walking, we either count the amount of steps that they take or we use rulers to measure how far they go.
The Laser Bugs had a great time hunting for book characters during Book Week. They laughed with delight each time they found a new character! We even added math (Data Handling) and literacy elements to this activity. As the Laser Bugs walked around the Mountianside campus with their clipboards, they wrote a check mark for every character that they saw. After the hunt the children counted up all their check marks and drew the characters that they liked.
The children are always a part of the preparations for classroom celebrations. For CNY we decorated and cleaned the classroom. When I asked The children what kind of activities they would like to do when their parents came; they decided that they would share their Learning Portfolios. Of course they were most excited about sharing food for the potluck brunch! They were proud to work together to prepare muffins for their parents.