We start our numeracy lesson by listening to a number song so the children get used to the numbers one after the other. They also understand that we are talking about numbers and not about letters. This week we worked with number 8, big and small and full and empty.
This number was the last step in the topic of our solar system. We associated 8 with the eight planets in our solar system. Each child practiced counting till 8 using various objects as well as creating 8 objects with playdough.
They were given 8 foam circle cutouts 4 big and 4 small to represent the 8 planets in the solar system. They stuck them around the sun on their number scrapbook. Then they practiced writing the number eight by using various crayons.
Important Point – I emphasized that when writing this number they cannot put two circles on top of each other. They have to write it using the animal character associated with this number or if they prefer they can use the number rhyme.
To learn the formation of number 8 we use three ways.
- Number Story – We have animals for every number.
Baby bear helps us see the shape of number 8 –
Baby bear is bouncing up and down. He is getting tired so let us help him go to sleep by patting him.
- To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Baby Bear. This is what we say:
- Start at the right ear.
- We go around his face
- Slide down his neck and tummy in the shape of an s.
- Then we go back up to join his ear.
- We also had the number rhyme 8 to help us see the formation of this number.
- The next step is to give manipulatives to the children to understand the value of this number. As always we show them the numicon shape corresponding to this number. In this case the dark green shape with 8 holes in it.
Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 8.
- Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
- Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8.
- Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 8 objects. In this case 8 planets.
The children worked on their numeracy workbook too where they had to count various objects and match them to their corresponding number.
In order to achieve this counting skill it is best to cut out the objects we are counting. This way we avoid counting too fast and skipping one number in the process or counting the same number twice.
Practice Ideas for Home
- It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work and which number comes after which.
- They can use nature around then to count 8. They can gather 8 small rocks, 8 empty snail shells, 8 dry leaves and so on
- They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 8 times.
- They can practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours. If they are reluctant tell them that they are playing teacher and it should do the trick.
- They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make. If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together. Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.
Information for big and small, and full and empty is in the following blog.