The second number we worked with this during this week was number 8.
We always start off our numeracy sessions with a song. In this case a counting song which will help the children remember more the sequencing of the numbers.
The children enjoy this song very much as they march on the spot with every number that is recited.
Counting song till 20 –
Writing number 8
This is one of the most challenging numbers that the children find to write. So I emphasize the use of the rhyme to help them remember the formation.
Here is how our number writing pages look like.
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.
- We do not lift the pencil for this number but continue writing in one movement. The children need a reminder for this at times.
- There are no horizontal or sleeping lines in the number 8.
- I try and tell them to do the top and the bottom part of the same size.
- 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.
During this same week we worked on a revision page which also included the number 8.
We also played some games where I pretended to do a lot of mistakes for example saying the wrong number and they correct me, or else the numbers fly out the window and they have to put them in order again using large flashcards.