Last week we watched Add Em Up, a chant about adding 1, from 1 - 10. The kiddos sang along and showed the numbers with their fingers, they all understood counting on to the next number. Later in the week, working with my kindergarteners, we sang the song again, and used unifix cubes to act it out. The kiddos wanted to do it over and again, so we did.
Exploring with the blocks, we were able to add them up to 10 in a lot of different ways. As we finished putting this together, one of the kiddos exclaimed, "It's the same!" We played around for a while with matching the sets of blocks, seeing how 9+1 = 1+9. This is a really important concept for young kiddos to understand, so I was thrilled to see that connection happening!
Another of our daily math activities is math journals. We're starting the year off by focusing on each number, making sure the children really "get" what they mean. We're looking at ways to represent numbers, and learning how to write each one, essential foundation skills to master. Here's a look at one of our pages, in progress:
Here's another activity we're doing, this one from Dr. Jean. It's her Macarena Count to 100, which we also watch on Youtube.com. We sang the song as each child pointed to the numerals on their 100 chart - which gave me an opportunity to see how well they could match them. Good news, they did an awesome job.
As the year, and more importantly, the children, progress, we'll change out the skills we're working on. One thing that won't change is the fun. Math, like all our other learning, should be both enjoyable and meaningful.
Have fun learning!