Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Success of the Randomize-er Game! :)

Because of the success we had with the Randomize-er game last week with one of our students, Markaye and I decided that we would use this method to assess all of our students on their number recognition. Working with each child on a one-to-one basis, we had the children counting orally as high as they could. We have developed a pattern with the children that every time we work with them we will start off by counting as high as they can from rote memorization. This helps to reinforce their counting and reminds them that this is a consistent activity, which means that they will have to either practice at home or continue practicing with us in order to move past their trouble spots. After this, we implemented the Randomize-er Game with the students.
Through using the randomize-er game (the same game I used and explained last week), we discovered that a handful of our students could easily recognize their numbers and by taking it a step further, they were also able to write most of the numbers (1-20) out. We also realized that a majority of the children we work with have grasped the concept of number recognition with the exception of only 3 students.
These particular students struggle with recognizing numbers 1-10 and consistently confuse 6, 8, and 9. What was interesting about this discovery was realizing that these three students were also the students that have a difficult time counting very high based on rote memorization. Number recognition and rote memorization (counting orally) seem like they have a link in the way the students perform based on their particular skill set.
Once the game was implemented, these three students showed significant progress! Despite our efforts to work through these difficulties previously through counting objects, using the Count Sort App on Counting, using the Okta’s Rescue App, and repetition through counting orally, we were never able to make such a significant breakthrough with these students until now! :)
One student was able to count up to 30, even though she had had problems with 27,28, and 29 by reverting back to 21 instead. Another student has begun to recognize the difference between 6, 8, and 9. Finally, our third student in the bunch was able to work on 1-5, which he was able to do nearly all five on his own with reservations on recognizing 4.
The randomize-er game has proved to be a very useful tool when helping students to grasp and recognize their number symbols. I am currently talking to Randy in hopes to make this game into an App game that students will be able to use and practice on their own. Hopefully other students will be able to benefit from the Randomize-er Game too, just like our kids have! :)

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