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Numbers are introduced consecutively throughout the year, one at a time approximately every 3 weeks. See -Schedule of Activities We spend one week reinforcing each number with crafts and activities after it is introduced and daily during play and group time.
I used red and grey bricks (patio pavers) to make this permanent hopscotch for our outside play area (The red bricks are a bit faded now but it is still a good contrast). Hopscotch is a fun way to incorporate numbers into a child's daily environment.
Introducing Numbers and Quantities
You will need a full page template for each number
Here are a few sites to get printable full page Number Templates...
Number Templates from 0to5.com
Number Templates from At Home with Meg Stone - Blog
Children use markers to practice writing the number. Glue the appropriate number of small shapes to the page. Practice saying the number and counting the shapes.
Parents are encouraged to take the pages home and post them where the child can see and practice every day. Alternatively, they can make them into a book or put them into a binder.
Cut number shapes out of sandpaper. Place under a sheet of paper and rub with the side of a crayon.
I found these cute little cages at Lakeshore School Supply but before I had them I just used strawberry baskets. Number them from one to five and give children small animals to place inside matching the correct quantity to the number on the outside.
Egg Carton Shake Number Recognition Game
Write numbers in the sections of an egg carton. Place a sticker or glue a picture of an animal in three randomly placed sections. Place a button in the egg carton, close the lid and shake. Then ask the child to open the lid and see where the button has landed. If it is on a number, have the child name the number. If it is on one of the animals, have the child make that animal's sound (cat meows, dog barks, etc).
Group Time Activity
Felt Board Countdowns
The following is an example of how we incorporate numbers and quantity into each group time, usually with felt board counting (number recognition, counting, adding, subtracting).
5 little Snowmen Felt Board Countdown
5 litle men made of snow
5 little snowmen standing in a row.
Out came the sun and stayed all day (place sun next to one snowman)
...and one little snowman melted away.
How many are left?(count)
Repeat until all snowmen have melted away!
This is also fun to have the children stand up and be the snowmen. Count them down as above. The teacher holds up a sun over each child's head and he will sit down when you say he "melted" away!
There are more examples of how we incorporate numbers and quantities into each group time with feltboard counting games here... See -Feltboard Counting Games
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