|The party for chapters 1 & 2 is hopping at Mrs. Wills' site!|
Thoughts on Ch. 1:
- I have a small class--the limit is 15--with a wild/wide variety of abilities. Regarding differentiation, I'm able to do this fairly easily with a small number of students. For example, this past year, a few of the children realized that addition is related to multiplication. Although I didn't evaluate them on this concept, I provided materials that allowed them to explore their discoveries. Next year, I hope to have more options in place for those who are struggling, as well as those who excel.
- I need to perfect the implementation of work stations, not centers. Do any of you have a math workbook as part of your curriculum? I do, and the concepts spiral on each page. This can be challenging, when someone is rocking the number sequence concept, but coming up blank with clocks. I do a lot of modeling during group learning on the rug and I tend to use the math pages as skill checks, following a few days of hands-on practice.
- Organization.....Ahhhh.....I am drooling over everyone's photos of shelves, tool boxes, carts! I spend 45 hours/week in a storybook room where all evidence of kindergarten must be removed for the church classes on Wed. evenings and weekend services. This means that I have very, very, very few shelves. The small boxes on the left represent a set that I have filled with small manipulatives. We call them "counting boxes"; I keep them on a small white tower shelf that is turned to face the wall when I am reversing the room. The baskets on the right are filled with any math materials that are currently in use. They are covered with a festive tablecloth for church time.
- I also have a three-drawer plastic rolling cart that holds dice, stamps, file games, pointers, etc. This cart is constantly in danger of being removed from the room, but I refuse to allow that to happen! I want to sort these materials in a more user-friendly manner (love Deedee's Crystal Light container idea!). All other math materials are kept in a closet. My last few days at school were spent cleaning this closet, in the hope that I won't spend the first week back on anything except lesson plans!
- My biggest challenge? NO WALL SPACE. I am not allowed to tack, tape, hang anything on the walls. There are two bulletin boards (about 3' by 4' each) on the circle/rug-time side of the room. One of these boards holds the calendar. On the other side of the room, there are three large boards and two smaller boards. I use a small board for the daily schedule and a large board for our job chart. PLEASE, share any ideas you may have for keeping numbers and concepts in our line of sight! I use sticky-tak to hang a hundred's chart and a number strip from the bottom of boards. Also, I bought a clothes-line to string across the room for next year. But, remember, everything I put up must come down--and go back up--twice a week. This also means I must have a place to store all of these things.
Thank you, Deedee, for hosting the first two chapters!