My Big World: September

We're so happy because My Big World magazine for September is here!!!

These two magazines we received were so spot on for out first weeks of school! We dedicate the first three weeks to teach expectations and procedures. We teach how to play with our materials, how we use the playground equipment and how our behavior should be like in the classroom, among other important topics. We also focus on building positive relationships with students, parents and peers.

This month, I loved the How to Make School Friends Big Issue. My students refer to the Big Issue every time they encounter a challenge or need visual support.

The Big Issue is located in our social emotional area and it has been a great addition. I'm thinking of leaving the poster up all year! It's that good!

Our next magazine was all about apples! Perfect for September! We incorporated science and math with the magazine.

In our apple lesson we explore different types of apples and graphed which apples were our favorites.

Before cutting the apples, we estimated how many apple seeds it would have. We counted the seeds and determined how close we were to our estimations.

We learned about the parts of the apples and how they grow.

The best part about this lesson was testing all of the apples!

These magazines have been a great addition to our curriculum and expansion on our students interests. My students did the activities on the magazines. They counted seeds, sang songs, and continued the learning at home with the magazines.

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Pompom Number Toss

Hello there!

Wish your new student would develop a love for math? Play this fun number competition to help! Players toss pompoms into an empty ice tray with numbers in each compartment, then identify the number of the compartments their pompoms landed in. It's a fun way for your child to learn numbers, how to count, and perhaps even get a head start on addition!

What You Need:
  • Old ice tray
  • Sharpie markers
  • Pompoms (about 1/2" in diameter)
  • Paper and pencil

What You Do:

For preschoolers and kindergarteners:

  1. Use a sharpie to write the numbers 0 through 10 randomly in the bottom of each compartment of the ice tray. It's okay if some numbers show up more than once, as long as every compartment has a number at the bottom.
  2. Select two players and help each player count out 5 pompoms, this should be enough for five rounds.
  3. Have the first player toss one pompom into the tray. Remove the pompom and have her identify the number underneath; encourage her to memorize the number.
  4. Then the next player goes and does the same thing. Then have both players figure out which number is the higher number by counting to ten.
  5. The player with the higher number is the winner of the round! Play for five rounds, and whoever wins the most rounds is the winner of the game. There's no need to stop playing after round five if kids are having a fun time! Keep continue playing for as long as they want! This game helps with number recognition, which will be an important skill in kindergarten.
  6. Your child can also play this game by herself for practice counting and identifying numbers.
For first and second graders:
  1. Select at least two players and give each a pencil, a piece of paper, and 6 pompoms.
  2. The first player tosses two pompoms into the tray. Then, have her take the pompoms out of the compartments and identify each number.
  3. Have her write down the first number on the piece of paper in an equation format. For example, if the two numbers that her pompoms landed on are 2 and 6, she would write down 6 + 2 =_. Encourage her to add the numbers together and write down her answer.
  4. Have the next player go and do the same.
  5. Invite players to identify the higher number. Have the player with the larger number put a star or checkmark on her piece of paper.
  6. Do this for three rounds, and the person with the most stars or checkmarks is the winner! This game can also be played with subtraction and multiplication!

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