## Tuesday, August 23, 2011

### Numbers, Numbers Everywhere...

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a great Tuesday! I wanted to share a engaging project that we just completed today. For the last several months we have been working on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. We have worked on number identification (naming each number), number sense (how many items are needed to represent a specific number), rote counting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), counting objects (touching each object as they are counting), and we have also started practicing forming each number. We began with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. When I taught Kindergarten, one of my team mates introduced me to a series of adorable rhymes to assist the children in learning how to properly form each number. Below are the rhymes we used for the numbers
1-10.

#1 One is fun!

#2 Around and back on a railroad track.

#3 Around a tree and around a tree, that's the way to make a three.

#4 Down and over and down some more, that's the way to make a four.

#5 Fat old five goes down and around. Put a hat on top.

#6 You roll a hoop and make a loop.

#7 Across the sky and down from heaven, that's the way to make a seven.

#8 You make an "S" but do not wait. You go back up and close the gate.

#9 Around with a line to make a nine.

#10 One is fun and a zero and you're done. Now you have a ten.

When introducing how to form each number the rhyme is first introduced. For example, number one, is basically a straight line down. We practice making a number one in the air while saying the rhyme (One is fun!). Next I model how to write each number, using proper formation (always starting at the top), and saying the rhyme as well. The children LOVE this!!

Today we made flashcards for numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. We glued beans over each number to give the children a tactile experience. and it was great fine motor practice. The rhyme for each number has also been attached to the back of each card, just in case your little one forgets how it goes. We practice our numbers (counting, identification, and proper formation) every day during circle time. I hope you enjoy the new flashcards!

Proper formation is critcal and we want to develop good habits early, especially when it comes to number and letter formation. Below is a link that demonstrates how to properly form the numbers mentioned above.

http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript/animation/numbers.htm

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know! achievepreschool@hotmail.com