During the fifth week we finished practicing our number 9’s and started working with number 2.
The children used their bodies to revise the value of two, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 arms etc. They also watched a video clip of Charlie and the number two:
The children recalled that Mrs. Swan was the animal who helps us remember the formation of this number.
Writing number 2
As you all know by now our main focus is on the formation. The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme above or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.
WALT and WILF stuck on our whiteboard help us remember these steps. Here is how our number writing pages look like. They to include WALT and WILF.
Other important points
- I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left. Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
- When we start writing this number we have to curve straight away. We cannot write a horizontal or a sleeping line (as I like to call it) because in this way we will be forming letter z.
- After the curved part I point out that we slide just like on a slide not go straight down.
- We write this number all at once. We do not lift our pencil from the paper until the number two its done. It requires only one movement. The children need a reminder for this at times.
- I also remind them from time to time to write the number in the box.
- If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.