Sunday, 26 April 2015

Mother's May






Here is a fun and FREE Mother’s Day activity that starts early May and continues for as long as your kiddos wish to take it. Give them the opportunity to show love to their mother in whatever way they choose and record their progress for the entire month. The objective is to make mom happy and extend this honor beyond the special day. All they do is color the heart or place a tick for each day that they show their mom love. They may choose to orally describe their actions during class discussions or record it on the accompanying writing sheet.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

What is Subitizing?


While familiarizing myself with the changes to our primary school Math curriculum I came across the term 'subitizing' in Mathematics. Naturally I had to do a little research to begin to understand what it is all about. Quite simply I came to the realization that this is nothing new. Subitizing is knowing what an amount is without counting. By simply looking at patterns or the arrangement of the shapes one can immediately tell how many there are in the set. It's like looking at the dots on a di and knowing how many there are without even counting. That is what we call 'subitizing'!

The term 'Subtizing' was coined in 1949 by Kaufman, Lord, Jensen, Reese, & Reese and Volkmann in the article entitled, 'The Discrimination of Visual Number'. In this article Subitizing is explained as the effortless and quick identification of the number of items in a set of objects (the cardinality of the set) if the set has four or fewer items


 

 

At a glance you are able to quickly and effortlessly tell the amount represented in each set based on the visual pattern or the spatial arrangement of the dots. However, subitizing becomes more difficult for numbers greater than four.because of the difficulties in grouping the elements.


 


In the sets above the spatial arrangement of the dots will most likely be a little more challenging for preschool kids. In that case they will either look for the familiar one-to-four arrangements or resort to one-by-one counting to solve.

I have found that the subitizing of numbers one to four is extremely important in early math literacy. As such greater attention is needed to this foundation skill and that once taught properly learning to recognize greater sets would be far easier to accomplish.


For more indepth information on the basics of subitizing go to University of Buffalo Website (PDF link).


Free Pretty Black and White Dice Clip Art Set

Free Heart Shaped Subitizing Cards








Saturday, 11 April 2015

Here a Deal! There a Deal!

Here are some great deals just for you!

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Puppy Pursuit Memory Game

Practice memory skills and pattern recognition with these cute puppy themed memory games!


Minecraft Math & Writing Units

Introduce your children to poetry and the wonder of the night sky with this relaxing bedtime adventure.



Fold & Go Castle

Encourage play time without screen time! Kids will love this sturdy wooden castle and its royalty.




Tuesday, 7 April 2015

R Controlled Vowels 'Clip It to Win It' Cards


Here is my latest product: R Controlled Vowels Clip It to Win It Cards. These are available at Teachers Pay Teachers. Click on the picture below to go directly to this product.


Also, meet the Syllabicating kids introductory FREEBIE for some syllabicating fun!






Thursday, 2 April 2015

Educents Launch

Did you hear about Educents big launch? Yes! Educents is growing by leaps and bounds! They are opening their MARKETPLACE to teacher sellers!  What does that mean?  That means that besides the already AMAZING deals they offer on a daily basis, you can now purchase items from individual teacher sellers stores too!  Over 500 sellers are already enrolled in Educents Marketplace. Think that’s all? Not quite! You can get many of their products at amazingly low prices, that’s what we call savings!
For their grand launch several of the sellers are joining in to bring you a sneak peek of a FREE product offered in their new sale, as well as hosting a giveaway for $50 worth of Educents Credits.  You can buy a LOT of educational materials with that kind of money!  And, there are several groups of bloggers who are joining in on the LAUNCH, which means more opportunities for you to enter.



Here is a little information about my FREEBIE that is exclusively found for FREE at my store at EDUCENTS

This is a set of 7 posters that explains in simple terms the parts of a story. These posters can be used as anchor charts to get students to recall the main story elements.The elements explained includes:SettingCharacterProblemSolutionAuthorIllustratorThese posters are a fantastic way to introduce your kiddos to the ideas that make up a story and best of all they are FREE!
After you check out my Educents store (and FREEBIE), be sure to check out some of the other stores listed below too.  And, of course, make sure to enter for your chance to win $50 in Educents credits too.


Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #5 - Kindergarten Stores

Here's a linky of a lot more stores at EDUCENTS!





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