I thought I would share some ideas and resources that I have observed and found through my years at placement that may help with some daily number sense routines!!
The simple daily routines in a Full Day Kindies classroom add and reinforce the knowledge and learnt skills of number sense.
Calendar- Doing the daily calendar and having the children say the date every morning, and put the number on a giant velcro calandar chart helps the children with recognizing the number with the oral number word.
How many days are we in school?- By recording how many days the children are in school one can get a place value practice chart, and learn how to say and read numbers together as a class. As a class the educator can engage in math number sense talk with the children by using the proper terminology “ tens, ones, hundreds”, this practice chart also has representational numbers, and straws to represent the quantity.
In my placement, the children love to do this chart, and when we do calendar sometimes they argue with who I pick to do it. Finding the numbers for them is difficult,but we figure it out as a team!
I found an amazing and catchy song/rap that you can show and get the children to sing along to help them understand place value/number sense!
Hundreds chart, a number word and numeral chart, as well as a picture number representations- are always up and essential in a classroom by incorporating this into the classroom it exposes children to numbers, and it helps to give children a reference if they are having difficulty with something. The hundreds chart extends the children’s knowledge exploring number patterns all on their own. For children that do need assistance, and are more of visual learners they can look at the pictoral representation that is above.
This picture is from my placement at Bayview Hill Elementary School. Many of the children refer to this when they are trying to say number words verbally,represent them, or simply how to write them.
Number Manipulatives in the classroom- Providing children with manipulative, like ten frames, five frames, cubes, counters gives visual learners a better reinforcement of what they are trying to discover. This also makes activities more developmentally appropriate for children.
These ten frame manipulatives are present in the classroom at Bayview Hill Elementary School. The children use these quite a bit to try and make number sentences and engage in math talk. Also to help understand how to represent the number. They know that the ten frame is full, and there are 2 red ones outside so it means there is 12 present! It helps the students use problem-solving.
Here is another way to incorporate numeracy math in a kindergarten -grade 1 classroom:
As the children begin to get familiar with one -one correspondence, and numerals, and the basic understanding of what the quantity of the numbers may look like you can continue onto estimation.
Every week, you can have a jar with a different amount of objects/materials in it and the class has to make it apart of their daily routine to estimate how many there is present in the jar. At the end of the week, you can count how many were actually in the jar.