Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

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. [...]

An Active Way of Counting

I continued to work with two kids at a time this week as I did last week. I began with the lower ability and progressed to the higher ability students. On Tuesday,  I decided to work with the iPod and the manipulative’s in order to see if there was a difference in ability to successfully complete [...]

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. [...]

Finally some hands on work

Happy New Year! As I got back into my regular routine here at Augie, that included waking up early to spend some time with kindergartener’s twice a week and doing some math. When I arrived to Longfellow I was greeted with smiles and hugs from them all and that made it a lot better. As I [...]

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 [...]

We should be more like elementary students

So I decided to entitle this week’s blog ‘We should be more like elementary students’ because during my work with both the first graders I work with and the kindergarten students, I realized how positive they are about everything. On Monday when I worked with one of the 1st graders, in every activity she participated [...]

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 [...]

Kids catch on quickly

This week, I started working with two kindergarten students at a time since they are now placed in groups by ability level. We are now working only on the iPod’s, and I am amazed at how quickly these young students have caught on to using the them. This was the first time we used only the iPod [...]