In one of the previous blogs I mentioned that the children heard the story of Mr. Willoby and The Christmas Tree. If you watch the story with your child you will see that each time a piece of the tree was being cut off.
Each time we end up with a big tree and a small tree. This helped us revise the big and small concept we have done already. We then moved onto what we can put up on the tree to decorate it. Each child mentioned what they might decorate their tree with.
Items mentioned included candy cane, chocolate treats, bows, ribbon, star, little presents, angels and baubles. I told them that when Father Christmas came to my house last year by mistake he dropped 9 of my baubles and this led us to the next number on our number line – 9.
We counted 9 baubles, 9 blocks and other objects in class. The children were reminded that when working on the workbooks they have to say the number each time and cut it out so we do not count it many times or leave one out.
We also looked at all the animals which helped us on our number journey so far.
To learn the formation of number 9 we use three ways.
- Number Story – We have animals for every number.
Ms. Zebra is very excited because Father Christmas is going to visit the zoo and he is going to give a present to all the animals.
She is skipping all around the zoo in excitement. We need to calm her down because if Father Christmas does not see her in her house he thinks that she does not live there anymore and won’t leave any presents for her.
- To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Ms. Zebra. This is what we say:
- Start at her eye.
- We go around her face
- And slide down her neck.
- We also had the number rhyme 9 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 purple shape with 9 holes in it.
Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 9.
- Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
- Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
- Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 9 objects. In this case 9 baubles.
The children worked on their number scrapbook where they had to practice the formation of 9 using the rainbow method. They then proceeded to colouring in a Christmas tree and stamping 9 oval baubles.
The children worked on their numeracy workbook too where they had to count various objects and match them to their corresponding number. Please try and find some time at home to practice the numbers covered so far maybe using some of the ideas I pass on from week to week.
It is important that the children also know the shape of each number. The animal characters higher up in this blog will help in this regard.
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.
- This week they can practice counting till 9 by using any left over decorations you might have.
- Play treasure hunt using these same items pretending Father Christmas hid them because he wants them to say the numbers.
- Use number flash cards and count the corresponding number of baubles.
- They can also clap, jump, go up and down, and hop 9 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.