A kinder shows her learning with tallies.
We have many ways of keeping track of our daily events in our kinder classroom from our birthday train to our learning trail to morning meeting and calendar activities with a big lead in to our 100th day of school. Last year we decided that our Innovation Center was where this learning was to take place. This year we had a practice session on what 100 things looks like and what we can create with 100 objects. Then it was the count down and our kinders brought in their stuff. Some were happy to put their objects in groups of 10 into cups , bundles and containers. Others were more interested in creating and innovating. Now how is this #geniushour you might ask? In their daily calendar lessons, from 10 Frames to tallies to straws in the cup, to the number line and the number chart they learned! The kinders applied what they knew from the daily calendar to create an abacus, to connect paper clips in rows 10 by 10, to Lego structures, to golf balls in egg cartons and brads and nails to represent 100. The kinders eagerly shared their learning and what they made to our school community at their 100th Day Museum. The excitement and interest was palpable (as was the joyful noise in the room). In recent weeks I have read tweets and blog posts about the usefulness of calendar and celebrating the 100th day of school. This week I have been looking at my kinders math work and what the are learning. From my discussions with the kinders as they explained the math connections and their understanding and learning, I know calendar serves a purpose.
Have you found calendar purposeful for you students and have you incorporated itin your 100th day of school?