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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Skip Counting

Wait..don't skip counting! I'm talking about counting by numbers other than 1. With the 50th day of school here and gone, we have been learning how to count up to higher numbers different ways. This week our focus have been counting by 10's which the kids are really enjoying. We made a 10's turkey you may have seen him come home. We have also sang some songs and looked for the pattern on the hundreds grid. This week ask your child to count to 100 by 10's and watch the video's below.

How to teach skip counting at home video

Counting by 10's song (a class favorite)

Counting by 10's on a number grid

Counting by 10's (nice visual)

Counting by 10s in the sand

Monday, November 8, 2010


Patterns are all around us! The children have started to easily identify AB patterns (red, blue, red, blue, red, blue) and we are working on adding more complex patterns to their daily practice. Have you noticed that there are patterns in many children's stories and songs too? We have! When we read books or sing songs or recite poems we try to identify patterns. While you are shopping, driving, singing, reading or writing together see if you can identify or create patterns.

Here is a link to a fun link to a song that we are currently singing in class. It is not a "Math" song but it is a pattern- enjoy!!

Turkey Time

Here is a link to a game your child can play online that will help them practice their patterning:

Cookie Monster

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


We have been working on graphing in class. Every morning we graph the weather for the day and each child has their own graph that they add to in their math journal, ask your child to tell you about October's graph.

In class we also graph things like our favorite food, color and shape. Graphing is an important skill and most of the children understand basic bar graphs easily since it is so visual. Often they comment on which item "wins" or has the most in the graph, we are still working on the full understanding of why and how we can use them. So if you see a graph make sure to point it out to your child and talk about it. With elections there are sure to be some on every news station for the next few days.

Below are 2 new videos. This first one is a link to a lesson that you can watch on youtube and then do at home with your child.

This second video, also from youtube is one for your child to watch about graphing

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