The children were happy to return to school after Christmas break. It is always nice to see them settle back into their routine. Many of them knew exactly which activity they wanted to do first! Here are some photos of what they are working on.
R, age 4, receiving a lesson about place value. This lesson is given first with beads so the child has a concrete experience of the difference between 1, 10, 100 and 1000. Next, he learns the written numbers as pictured. Finally, the two are combined and he will begin working on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using the beads and cards.
Above, to the left shows 1,000 (cube), 100 (square), 10 (bar), and 1 (unit) using a concrete material called Golden Beads. The picture on the right shows the material and corresponding symbol, or number. The unit is on the right because when preforming math operations, the unit is written on the right. Below is a 3 minute video showing how addition is done using the golden beads. At our school we usually have 3 children working together for this activity.
These girls, both 5 1/2, are using a language game that helps them understand the parts of a sentence. After writing a sentence they symbolize it using special symbols that represent the different parts of language. As you can see below, The small blue triangle represents the article, the dark blue triangle the adjective, and the large black triangle the noun. The pink line represents the conjunction. This is a visual representation of the pattern in our language.
Thanks for checking out what we've been working on. If you would like to learn more about our school, please call to schedule a tour 770-475-3812 or email us. We hope your year is off to a wonderful start!
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