Today Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a multi-year partnership with Teaching Strategies, the educational company that publishes The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD.
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 are learning units of measurement today! The kids discovered how to distribute weight evenly using a scale, measure school materials using a ruler, and their own height!
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!
The online book called “Early Childhood Education: A wise investment for all” tells about a case in 1962 to 1967 at the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program in Ypsilanti, Michigan where 123 low-income African-American children were thought to be at risk of school failure. 58 of those students were…