We borrowed these Jumbo Number Pebbles to play with a few days ago.
They are lovely to lift and play with, feeling like real pebbles. As with all our pebbles, they are made from a unique stone mix, engraved and painted. The numbers just have to be felt and traced with your finger as you hold them!
Daisy has a wonderful natural teaching ability and began matching the numbers with the Halloween rubbish (I mean… toys). She was counting in French as she was doing it and encouraging Rose to join in.
She then organised the snakes and spiders around the number.
Fred on the other hand took pleasure in banging them together with force so they made a satisfying clunk! Each to their own.
Ten scary Halloween things.
As you can see the Jumbo Number Pebbles are strong, like pebbles really. They are open ended, always a favourite in our house, and can be used in many ways. They would be perfect in the sand tray or water table and can be used indoors or outdoors. The sorting, transporting and game options are endless and with two of each number there are plenty to share.
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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.