My students need translucent counters and building blocks to use with our light table to practice early math skills in an engaging, hands-on, and memorable way.
When the new school year begins in September, the classroom will once again burst with the excitement, wonder, and urgency that young children bring to everything they come across. My incoming kindergarten and 1st grade students will be eager and thoughtful learners- ready to blossom into readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists. Though small in size, they will have gracious hearts, resilient spirits, and limitless curiosities. They will undoubtedly challenge me, and each other, to grow in ways I don't yet know.
Our neighborhood is known to be one of the most diverse in the country and every classroom in our school reflects that gift.
In addition to the richness that such diversity brings, we also recognize that different opportunities and experiences in early childhood can create inequitable beginnings for children entering school. As a school community, we know without doubt that all of our students are highly capable and work with determination to ensure that every student has the resources, instruction, and support necessary to achieve success.
Light tables aren't just for artists, photographers, or x-ray technicians. They're found in many pre-K and primary classrooms, too! Students and adults alike are drawn to light tables for play and discovery because the light on the surface illuminates the materials resting on top. This interest can be utilized by creating opportunities to practice phonics and math skills on the light table with activities using translucent materials.
Many light tables cost hundreds of dollars which makes them an unaffordable luxury for most classrooms.
To bring a light table to my students despite the cost, I flexed my DIY muscles to make my own version using a plastic tub, some spray paint, and a string of white lights. I also raided my local party supply store for transparent cups and plates to create activities for students to match uppercase and lowercase letters, build words, count, and solve number sentences.
Some transparent materials, though, like the counters and building blocks requested in this project, are more challenging to make myself. Using these tactile and tangible supplies to sort, count, and build on our light table will give students the practice they need to develop their early math skills in an engaging, hands-on, and memorable way.
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|LL453 - See-Inside Magnetic Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$69.99||1||$69.99|
|RA432 - Crystal Building Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$49.99||1||$49.99|
|LC585 - Translucent Pattern Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$9.99||2||$19.98|
|LC581 - Translucent Dominoes • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$9.99||1||$9.99|
|LC583 - Translucent Buttons • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$9.99||1||$9.99|
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