Ask a Kinder and now they should say "YES". Today at the Fairbanks Museum, Bobby taught the Kinders all about the process of pollination, transferring, unlocking the treasure chest, making seeds, and fruit growth.
"Sitting is not for me", said one Kinder. Giving kids alternative space increases engagement and productivity. A standing table is the newest addition to our classroom alternative spaces.
Pictures from our Elementary Talent Show today. Some Kinders think they would like to be in the Talent Show next year.
Learning to play checkers and strategize your moves improves your thought process and enhances skills necessary and useful for all students.
What is a Rekenrek? Directly translated, rekenrek means calculating frame, or arithmetic rack. Adrian Treffers, a mathematics curriculum researcher at the Freudenthal Institute in Holland, designed it to support the natural mathematical development of children and to help them generate a variety of addition and subtraction strategies, including doubles plus or minus 1, making 10’s, and compensation. Students can use the rekenrek to develop computation skills or solve contextual problems. Once children understand the operations of addition and subtraction, and can model various situations, it is important that they automatize the basic facts by finding and using patterns and relationships. Unlike drill and practice worksheets and flashcards, the rekenrek supports even the youngest learners with the visual models they need to discover number relationships and develop automaticity. The rekenrek looks like an abacus, but it is not based on place value columns or used like an abacus. Instead, it features two rows of 10 beads, each broken into two sets of five, much like the ten frames.
Like ten frames, this tool helps students see the quantity of five as a whole and develop strategies to solve equations like 5 + 2, 5 + 3, etc.
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