This one is for Jack. Each bead chain contains ten beads. The beads help him to visualise quantities as he practises multiplications of ten.
In this activity, the kids roll the dice and use the shells to calculate the answer. As an extension, Jack can write the sums on the small (A5 size) clipboard.
Counting to Twenty
This one is for Sarah. She reads the number and places them in the correct order from 1 - 20. I made the Ten Frame cards myself and cut the number cards from an old poster. Number stones would also be nice.
Quantifying to Ten
This is another one for Sarah. Here she places the number cards in order and then counts out the correct number of glass gems. There is the right number of gems in the clear tray for her to count 1-10, so if she makes a mistake, she is able to correct herself.
Number cards | Glass gems (discount store | Purple tray (IKEA)
We spend about 45 minutes most mornings in here. Jack and Sarah can choose whichever activities they would like to work with for as long as they would like to work. Along with these maths activities, there are also handwork, science, fine-motor and language.
Jack and Sarah really like spending this time with me. They like having the freedom to choose. Our time together is quite peaceful and productive. I usually keep the activities out for about a fortnight but will change some slightly as their interests change.
Next time I will share some of the language activities I have on the shelves at the moment.