Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

## Dominoes, Computers, and Adding Oh MY!

Happy Wednesday To All!

My blog will once again be different because my usual Wednesday students were absent today so I had to do some spur of the moment planning. Nothing like thinking on your feet to make you feel like your a real teacher! Anyway, like I said, Will and Michelle were absent today, so next week you will hear about the super awesome activity I had planned for them. Ashley was there, and we started off our day with a special treat, using the computer! We used Randy’s number sense software, Count Sort, and I really wanted to push Ashley today, and see how high she could count, since it varies depending on the day. The other day we got up to 99, with some prompting, and than 49, so I never know with her. Today I set my goal to get her to count without prompting to 30. We started off this task with having her count on Count Sort numbers 1-25 out of order. Ashley, unfortunately can be stubborn and would skip certain groups of dots that she just didn’t want to count, so that was quite a struggle to get her to stay on the problem. I also noticed that she didn’t keep track of the dots she was counting, she just clicked them and when I asked how many there were she had to stop and recount them all. Finally though she counted enough piles that I felt confident in her ability to count to 25 confidently. We than went further and without hesitation she counted to 29. I asked what came next and she said 100! I told her that we were working on counting to 100 but that isn’t what comes after 29. I than asked her to count by ten’s and when she said 30, I made her stop and prompted her to think that most times after nine is a group of ten, and in this case after 29, we will have 30, which is three tens. I said this a little more simply and had a whiteboard to help, but hopefully you get the gist. We practiced counting to 30 several times, and at the end of our lesson I asked What comes after 29? and she said 30! So successful day for Ashley.