These are the eyes my daughter has after lunch when she says “Can we do an activity?” She means a mini lesson. She doesn’t mean me giving her something to do … she wants to learn. Coming from teaching grade 6 and having to do everything (within my sometimes magical powers) to make them excited about learning, this is a little shocking and overwhelming at times. This lesson was the perfect fit for her; a challenge, learning something new and it involves movement.
I noticed last week that Daisy was forming some of her numbers incorrectly. I had not taught her to write numbers, daycare had. I try to compliment what she learns at daycare. She attends 3 days a week, while I work and loves learning in the preschool room. It amazes me what she picks up from her wonderful teachers and this often prompts our lessons at home.
A huge advantage of my job is getting to test educational products. Over the next few months I will be testing and photographing lots of the great things we sell at Quality Classrooms. I was asked to photograph these Motor Numbers and Ten Frames. Planning the assessment around these two great products makes perfect sense. I love diagnostic teaching so I assessed number recognition as I taught correct number formation.
We started with zero.
Daisy’s first reaction to the Motor Numbers was excitement. She began making the zero. I checked she was moving in the correct direction. We then made the number larger in the air, again to reinforce directionality.
Finally, writing practice.
We moved through the numbers 0-10 in this order:
- Move the button on the Motor Number (emphasize start and finish positions)
- Air draw the number, big.
- Use the Ten Frame to check number counting recognition.
- Write the number as many times as wanted.
- Show the number with fingers.
Daisy whizzed through this activity so we made a numbers 1-12 book. She counted and added the corresponding number of stickers. On the other side I drew the number and added arrows to reminder her how to write it.