As I mentioned in the topic work blog we spoke about several animals this week. The children got used to counting how many paws most of these animals have. 4 – the number for this week. Besides the paws children counted various objects such as blocks, animal counters, and their own crayons.
Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 4.
- Step 1 – Point to each object one at a time.
- Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4.
- Step 3 – Say stop. (We cannot keep on saying the numbers if there are only 4 objects).
(Whilst counting objects on a paper we can also cut them out one by one to avoid counting them more than once.
To help us learn the formation of number 4 we use three ways.
- Number Story – We have animals for every number.
Mummy and baby caterpillar help us see the shape of 4 – Baby caterpillar is tired and wants to stay on mummy. So mummy caterpillar sits down and baby caterpillar stands on her lap.
- The children are also exposed to the numicon shape which helps them see the value of four.
- We also had the number four rhyme to help us see the formation of this number
The children practiced their number 4 with their crayons on the number scrapbook. They also stamped 4 animal characters on four different frogs. Part of their play routine was to put objects in groups of 4. They also made a square shape with four blocks and stickle bricks which leads us to the next numeracy topic for this week squares. See next blog.
Practice Ideas for Home
- You can play games at home with the children by counting steps, cutlery when setting the table, toys and many other objects around the house and out and about.
- They can draw 4 objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard. 🙂