This is the last week before our winter break. The sugar plums dancing in the children’s heads make it a bit more difficult for them to focus. We worked on the easier concepts of half, whole, top, front, end, and match. Our reading program has large letter cards of the alphabet letters made into animal and common object characters. These are called alfa- friends. I cut a set of these cards in half so that there was a bottom and top section. The children formed a circle and sat down on the carpet. Each child was given a top half of a card which they placed on the floor infront of them. The bottom sections were placed in a container for grabbing. Each child was given the chance to pull a bottom section out and join it with their top. This made for some silly looking characters. The children then decide if it is a match or not and where it should go to make the whole character.
I am adding an update to this entry I added a source and link to a place to get free alphabet animal cards. Look under the vocabulary section for half/whole.
This week, like many schools, we have a short week because of Thanksgiving. It seemed like a good week to have a food theme. We did the “Never Ever Dinner Plate” activity. I originally made this activity to introduce the concept (never). It also works for matching skills, categorization of food and talking about empty and full. The kids always get a kick out of finding the things you never eat. It’s similar to the memory game so also encourages concentration.
We are amazed at the progress the students have made since the beginning of the year. They are now taking turns without difficulties. We can leave a table periodically and the activity will continue on without direct supervision from an adult. They are not worried about who is winning and will actually help students who are falling behind. This is quite amazing since our classes are quite large. It really helps to have them more independent and cooperative.