Wednesday, September 12, 2018

DIY Making Counting Fun


DIY: Making One to One Correspondence Fun

When I first started my blog, I said I was going to try and do AT LEAST 1 education post per month. Clearly I haven't been as good about that as I had planned but now that school has started and things are somewhat settled, I will be much better about it! I know I have many fellow elementary education teachers following me so this is a great read for all of you! If you are not one of my fellow teachers, just bare with me for these types of posts. 

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Being a teacher means not only teaching students, but also making them enjoy what you are teaching at the same time. Let's face it... if they aren't somewhat having fun/enjoying school, they could care less about what you are saying. Since I started my teaching career, this has been a HUGE struggle for me when it comes to math. I, myself, dislike math so I have found it very difficult to come up with things to make it not only enjoyable for my students, but also for me. We have all been in that math class where the teacher teaches straight from the book, writing example after example on the board, and then giving us problem after problem to solve until we finally memorized the strategy or equation. However, being with elementary students, that particular method just does not work (and why would it... it's boring). SO with all of that being said... I spent the summer/the last few weeks brainstorming ideas that I can use in the classroom to make math engaging for each and every one of my students.

I have found that the majority of kids are hands on and/or visual learners (a lot like myself). They like to actually have something to create and see for themselves rather than me just telling them what it would/should look like. Therefore, I have come up with a DIY project to help students learn to count in a super hands on and engaging way 🙌  This is what I'll be sharing with you today!

If you are a teacher, you have heard of the term "one to one correspondence." It basically means matching one, and only one, object to each number that you say. You'd be amazed at how difficult this can sometimes be for students! Before I got into education, I had never heard of the term or even thought about it. It's been amazing to me to see how students grasp this concept in their own individual ways. 



I decided to use silicone baking number molds to help students learn to use one to one correspondence 😁  You could use any type of bead, object, counting cube, etc to put inside of the numbers but I chose to use these small beads because they also help with fine motor skills! These silicone numbers are only $1.99 a piece at Michaels and so worth it. My students have SO enjoyed this and I cannot wait to see the progress that they make using my project!

Shop the Silicone Number Molds here.

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One of my favorite things to do is come up with DIY projects for my classroom and students! If you have any special requests/things you'd like to see, leave me a comment below! 

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