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We had fun playing “Fishing Bingo”! Letters, both lower and uppercase, were printed on the fish’s bodies and the kids had to see if they had them on their boards!  So much fun! (Except when the lines got tangled!)
The children not only had the entertainment of a game with their fellow classmates, but they were recognizing the difference between an upper and lowercase letter. The longer they played, the quicker they were at finding their letters. Standard bingo with colors or shapes held their attention, but the fishing allowed them to become part of the game in such a way that kept them stimulated.   It was a joy to watch them grow over such a short time! 
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We had fun playing “Fishing Bingo”! Letters, both lower and uppercase, were printed on the fish’s bodies and the kids had to see if they had them on their boards!  So much fun! (Except when the lines got tangled!)

The children not only had the entertainment of a game with their fellow classmates, but they were recognizing the difference between an upper and lowercase letter. The longer they played, the quicker they were at finding their letters. Standard bingo with colors or shapes held their attention, but the fishing allowed them to become part of the game in such a way that kept them stimulated.   It was a joy to watch them grow over such a short time! 

wjrabosky:

Why is patterning important?

Patterning helps shape higher level thinking skills. In order for a child to add on to an already created pattern, they must analyze the existing pattern and then figure out what comes next.

Without understanding patterns, we would never be able to count to 1,000 (or recognize numerals to 1,000). Think about how labor intensive it would be to memorize every single numeral to 1,000! Ah, but it’s so easy for us because we recognize the pattern.

Patterns help develop a strong mathematical foundation by building thinking and problem solving skills. They are important to become a fluent reader, as well!

abintramontessori:

A touching display of teamwork in the Montessori classroom. In this video, one early childhood student helps another student learn how to tie laces into bows.

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