Every morning, I start my day off with greeting each child with a hand shake, high five, or a hug. This allows me to check in with each student.
My students are the best.
They are sweet, polite, hard working, loving, and generous.
They are 100% English language learners. However, that does not dull their brightness or dim their love of learning. Many of my students struggle in English, but they have a uncontrollable appetite for learning. They love to figure out how things work. They are very loving and deserve the very best education. They come to school with a positive attitude even when they face tough challenges at home.
I've been inspired! Recently, I went to a math training where the presenter insisted that Kindergarten is the most important year for future success in mathematics. She told us that counting forwards and backwards accurately is essential and that my kindergartners need to begin first grade with a solid number sense to succeed. To do this she showed us how her students used Counting Collections of mini erasers every day. So what is a Counting Collection? It's actually quite simple. In Counting Collections, children are given a collection of objects to count. Children often begin by using early strategies like counting each item one-by-one and move toward increasingly sophisticated and efficient strategies, like counting by tens. After they count, children are then asked to record how they counted.
I am asking for mini erasers and plastic counters to use during math centers and storage containers to easily access the materials.
Using the donated supplies, my kindergartners will grab a container of manipulatives and a counting tool, such as a number line, number bond or ten frames. They will count the objects by putting the counters in the correct positions while counting out loud. How developmentally appropriate! Touching and moving objects while counting forwards and backwards (with fun mini erasers)!
Thank you for helping fill our supply cabinet with math tools that will last for years to come!
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