As a fan of the many uses for pool noodles, I keep a stash of them in my classroom. One of my favorite uses have been as over-sized beads for stringing with lengths of cut up jump rope. I simply sliced a variety of colorful pool noodles into two inch sections with an electric knife, toss them into a bin with 18 inch sections of rope and instant stringing activity.
Today during circle we were reviewing numeral identification 1-10 and I wanted the children to arrange the numbered card stock mittens in order. As I looked along the ledge of my white board I noticed a few sections of pool noodles I’d cut in half that a child had placed there during playtime. Inspiration struck, I grabbed scissors and made a shallow slit along the top center for the entire length. I highlighted the cut line with marker and we had an instant card holder!
I’m looking forward to getting this activity laminated and hung on my walls. I think it will be motivating for my 4 year olds to do a “Count around the room” activity. I’ve finished by third version, but our school laminator has been out of commission for so long, so I still can’t put the activity into practice! But today is a great day to get it all together: the laminator works, Sue will be back at school to help me laminate and assemble.
If you are interested in any of my three Count Around the Room activities, please check out these links to my TPT store:
Count Around the Room – Winte
Happy Holidays to all!
It’s Christmas evening, cold and snowy in Illinois. The family all got together yesterday out at the farm and had wonderful food and fun. So, now I am sitting on the couch with a snuggly blanket and my laptop, checking out what is going on in the rest of the world.
I’ve been working on a few new teaching resources to add to my TeachersPayTeachers store. With the second half of the school year upon us, I’ve been thinking more about ways to increase readiness skills for reading and math. I’m going to introduce “Write Around the Room” a type of scavenger hunt that gets the students moving around the room with a clipboard and a purpose! Here’s a peek of one of the pages I’m working on for counting activity:
I’m also working on some Penguin ABC Matching and Winter/Summer Categorizing. The goal is to have them all finished and posted to my store by Saturday!
That would be just in time for my End of the Year Store Sale. Everything will be 15% off 12/29-31/2013. Set your alarm or make a note in your calendar!
Developing number sense is an important math skill preschoolers and kindergartners need to achieve in order to be more successful learners. I’d like to share this free flipbook with cute Christmas graphics that I recently made for my students to give them some hands-on practice with counting pictures, dice faces, and matching them to numerals and number words.
You can download it for free here .