June 9, 2021 | Felicity Greene
The children of the Sky Class are writing number stories!
This is a process that the children have been involved in for some time now. It all started with time spent examining books that were centered around numbers and counting. The children made observations about the patterns they saw in the book.
The numbers are getting smaller!
The story started with a small number and at the end it was a big number.
Some went away, and then more came back!
These observations were key in helping the children retell the story with manipulatives such as beads and stones. Seeing a concrete object diminish or get larger helps the children to think about how there are trends in number stories.
Next, children thought about topics for the stories that they would write. Some chose to write about people, others, animals and insects. This week, the children began to illustrate their stories, which will help them remember the trajectory of the numbers that they will write about.
“Once there was an owner with two cats. Another owner came with another two cats!”
“There was a girl and she had a twin and a baby brother. They were looking for two friends. They found them and now there are five children!”
“There were ten bugs. Two flew away, now there are eight.”
Come back next week to see what will come next in the number story project!