Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Kindergarteners can use iPads…Can You?

After our second full week back to Longfellow working with the kindergarteners, I am finally back in the rhythm of working with them two days every week. I am also doing my 4 clinical hours each week in the same kindergarten classroom, so the students know me very well by now, but after my number [...]

A Variety of Resources for Every Skill Level

After two weeks away from working with the kindergarteners at Longfellow because of their spring break, we were back in the classrooms last week. I was able to work with students with a variety of skill levels in the three number sense skill areas we have decided to focus our research on, which are counting [...]

Kids Have No Fear in Front of the Camera

Last Thursday was the only day between Augie’s spring break and Longfellow’s spring break I was able to work with some of the kindergarteners. Longfellow is on break this week and next week, so I will not be able to work with the kids for a couple of weeks, but I was able to videotape [...]

Lining ‘Em Up Was Little Challenge

This week I continued working on recognizing and ordering numbers with the kindergarteners. I worked with mostly higher ability students, so they should have had no problems with a game that requires them to order numbers 1-20. We used the game “Line ‘Em Up,” which gives the students a number line with 20 blank spaces, [...]

You Really Can Count to 30

I used hands-on manipulatives again last week with the kindergarteners by having them complete a number line from 1 to either 10, 20, or 30 with actual number cards. I plan to use a computer activity this upcoming week that assesses students’ skills on the same concept, and I will compare the results between the two [...]

Old-Fashioned Manipulatives or New Technology?

Last week with the kindergarteners, I spent most of the time working on their number sense by using manipulatives. During the previous week, some of the students had completed an activity with number cards and marbles, in which students select a number card, say the number printed on the card, and show that number of marbles. [...]

Counting cookies to show number sense

After using the computer games with the kindergarteners last Tuesday, their teacher suggested using an activity with manipulatives on Thursday. This activity connected recognizing numbers to counting, which is similar to the “Count/Sort” computer game. This is a difficult connection for young students to make, as they often do not realize that a number, say [...]

The Moment Where It Just Clicks

Although I had been enjoying my winter break, it was nice to be back at Longfellow last week to see the kindergarteners and their smiling faces. I always enjoy seeing their enthusiasm and excitement to learn every day, even at 8:30 in the morning when most college students dread getting up to go to class. [...]

So much fun with such a simple game

Last week was a short week working with the kindergarteners at Longfellow because of their practice for the holiday program on Thursday. I was only able to work with one student on Thursday, but I learned a lot about that student and the kindergarteners I worked with on Tuesday. The students I was able to [...]

Ten Frames Make Learning Easier

Last week was the second week we were able to use the iPods to help the kindergarteners with math, so most of the students knew how to use the touch-screen from the previous week. With the students confident in how to play the math games on the iPods, it was much easier to focus on [...]