Thursday, January 28th 2016
Today was the much anticipated annual MATH MORNING at Tobin school; a rare opportunity for parents to come witness the intriguing materials and fascinating works of our students inside the classroom. First up, ClaraJane’s class in “Children’s House” (3-6 y/o’s). Here is the greeting on the “Smart” Board (previously knowns as a “Chalk” Board.)
ClaraJane and Afomia demonstrate the “Snake Game.”
Ms. Mayya explains the legend of the bead snake, who got tired of his colors and traded them all in for Golden.
The children count bead segments -each of which is color coded according to how many units it contains- and swap out ten for a single strip of 10 (made of Golden Beads).
The students are implicitly learning addends of 10 (e.g.; 6+4=10), AND multiples of 10. (e.g.; the above snake is made of 7 x 10 = 70 units).
These students are 4 and 5 years old by the way. Is your mind blown yet?
ClaraJane then shows me one of her other favorite “works” in class; Polishing Wood.
The school also encourages sibling participation in each others classrooms on special days. To that end, ClaraJane gets to host a most important dignitary; her BROTHER!
CJ shows him around her classroom.
On to Brother’s Class! Being a 2nd grader puts him in a “Lower Elementary” class of 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders. Chef makes it out of the kitchen in time to join us for Gavin’s presentation of the Bead Frame.
Which reminds me, I still have time to make it to Miles’ class!
He is also doing dynamic 4-digit addition, with different materials. He also has a “Learning Target.”
Using tiles representing the 1000’s, 100’s, 10’s & 1’s, he solved this problem:
Meanwhile, there is a dad in CJ’s class who is a ninja with his artistry in photography, and he gave us this:
And finally, in spite of Gavin driving his teachers crazy with his *constant* drive to read no matter *what,* underneath there is this:
If you need me I’ll be reviving after I faint now. ♥