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 [...]

Ready for Action!

This past week I finished up the Kathy Richardson Assessment. After going over the results of the assessment, I placed some of the students into the appropriate categories depending on how successful they were at completing one of the three tasks I evaluated them on. I have identified threes tudents according to Kathy Richardson’s terms [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]