Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Working With Numbers

We have started really looking at and analyzing numbers.  One thing we have talked about is how we can quickly and efficiently count large groups of objects.  After lots of brainstorming, the kids realized that if they group their objects in sets of "ten" and "some leftover," they could very quickly count large groups.  So, we did just that!  Each student was given a bag of Smarties candy and asked to count them using our grouping method.  They then recorded their final count on a sticky note.  The final part of this lesson required each student to count his or her groups to the class to verify the findings.  They did an excellent job with this task!  This activity led into an introductory discussion of the tens and ones groupings that make up two-digit numbers.  It was a great activity...and it ended with eating, which is always a big hit with the boys and girls!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Great Video!

We made the following video to be used as a practice tool at home.  If you notice that your child struggles to sound out new or unfamiliar words, you might also notice that he or she has difficulty with certain phonetic concepts.  This video is less than 12 minutes and it goes through virtually all of the phonetic sounds and combinations that students are introduced to with our Wilson Fundations Program.  This would be a great daily practice for any student!  We have added it to our reading videos that are linked at the top of this page.  Please enjoy!