Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

12 or 20?

(It’s a bit late but this is from my work with the kindergarten students from last week ) When I grabbed the first two students to work with, they immediately asked if they could count stairs because they knew that other students had done so before, and since they needed help on rote counting I [...]

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, [...]

New iPod game idea for lower level ability learners??

This week I worked with the lowest level kindergartners to the highest level kindergartners and everywhere in-between! With the lowest group, I simply worked on number recognition with numbers 1-10. It came to my attention that we actually do need to focus on this concept because when showing some numbers such as 9 one student [...]

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 [...]

When to use and not to use the iPod?

I also used the video camera this week just to give it a try and see what helpful information I could receive. Some pairs of students I worked with on Tuesday were those of higher ability and I wanted to see how they could do if I used manipulatives to demonstrate what the ‘What’s Hiding?’ iPod game [...]

Video taping in action!

Today I decided to video tape some of the kindergartners while they completed a task that involved hands on manipulatives and then the same type of task that involved an iPod game to note any observations of  similarities and differences in how the students completed each task. First, I videotaped a girl and gave her [...]

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. [...]