What day is it? It is the day to help my class learn how to find out what day it is! I teach 17 wonderful second grade students in a Title I school in Alabama. Many of my students are from low income families and 40% of them are English Language Learners. I am also a service provider for our special education department and have children with a very wide range of learning abilities. I teach all subjects, but absolutely love to teach math.
I think the reason that I love to teach math is because it was a difficult subject for me in school. As we know many math concepts can be very hard for children to understand because of the abstract nature of math. I enjoy finding ways to help children grasp those difficult concepts. I have found that daily doses of practice and repetition are necessary for most children to truly understand math. It is especially important for my ELL students and special education students. Motivating children is also very important. One way to help kids want to learn is to get them active in their learning. Calendar time is a time for all of my students to be interactive learners. I would love to be able to provide them with all the necessary tools for this fun learning time.
It has been my experience that when children practice certain math skills daily they are more successful with them. Even just hearing something every day helps students when they are taught that same skill in isolation. It also builds confidence and motivates students in that they know what you are talking about and are excited to be able to discuss it with you. For example, I usually begin to review Time on a daily basis from the beginning of the year. When we come to that chapter in our math book it is very simple for most students because they have heard it almost daily since the first day of school. I think the benefit of teaching calendar time in math is very beneficial for children on the elementary level. During this teaching time I cover many skills in a short amount of time. This calendar set and large magnetic money will help me to cover these skills daily. The skills that the calendar math set covers includes: calendar concepts, problem solving, operations, patterns, number sentences, place value, money, and mental math.
As I have already stated I am a firm believer that repetition is the key to learning certain math concepts. Funding this project will help to provide my students with DAILY doses of much needed math practice. This is the type of thing that I will use daily and for many years to come.
|JJ664 - Elementary Calendar Math Center • Lakeshore Learning||$79.50||1||$79.50|
|BG778 - Magnetic Big Money • Lakeshore Learning||$29.95||1||$29.95|
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