## 100 Chart for Math

Recently I was driving home with my granddaughter, who just started kindergarten.  To help distract her on our long ride, I thought it would be fun to count to 100 and see how long it would be before we saw our house. When we got into the 50s she informed me she wasn’t very good at the higher numbers.  Ah, a challenge for GG!

So, for her next visit I downloaded a 100 chart to help her develop an  understanding of numbers.  A hundred chart is an easy way to do fun math without lots of preparation.  A 100 chart can easily be found online.  I was ready for an exciting game of 100 chart BINGO.

Let the game begin!

After about 10 numbers, I realized her focus was more on the purple butterfly tokens we were using to cover the numbers rather than the numbers themselves.  A good early childhood teachers knows to keep a lesson focused, short and fun. That day Miss M did not think my 100s chart game was any of the three. So, the hundred (100) chart game will wait for another day.

Kindergarten Concepts to Review Using a 100s Chart

• Number identification
• Number order
• One to one correspondence(be sure to point to each number)
• Patterns
• Practice counting forwards
• Practice counting backwards

### Examples of 100s Chart Games

• Find the number
• Count off the days
• Numbers are symbols for amounts
• Ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc.)
• Roll a die(1) or dice(2) and move that number of boxes on the chart.

Remember the fun is in the journey.  Enjoy the moment !

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“Math Walks”: Time to “Walk the Talk”

# Fostering Creativity in Kids and Love Doing it!

When I was a teacher of the talented and gifted we administered the Torrance Tests of Divergent Thinking as one of the admission tests. Points were given if kids expanded some basic squiggles into creative drawings.  Kids loved the test and always wanted to do it over. IF they did take the test again, they probably would have done better.  Why?  Because after the test I had shown them how they scored Therefore, they learned how to score better the next time.

A Torrance retest would be a perfect example of learning, but could I use the results to test creativity? I’m not sure.  The example showed that creativity is a skill can be developed. So, what about the kids who scored high on the original test?  Was that inborn talent or had they had opportunities to develop their creativity prior to testing?  Perhaps they had experiences that gave them the confidence to try different challenges where there was no right or wrong answers.

Bottom line is that parents can foster creativity in their kids.  Fostering a child’s creativity through art and music is a common idea.  However, creativity and problem solving can be seen in all areas.

### 10 Ways to Promote Creativity in Children

• Give kids lots of unstructured playtime to let their imaginations be unlimited.
• Provide resources to let them explore. (Ex. paper, pencils, boxes, old clothes for dress up, straws, newspapers, blocks, Legos) Let them look around and find things to use.
• Give them flexibility to make choices and think of solutions.
• Help them learn words associated with creativity by asking questions. Ex. What would happen if? What could you do with that?  Any ideas that might be possibilities? Let’s think of possible solutions.
• Applaud their creativity! Remembering that there is no right or wrong.  Allowing kids to express themselves with acknowledgement helps to build confidence to try new things.
• Allow them to make rules to a game. They’ll experience whether they work or not. When they don’t let them change them again.  Problem solving at its best
• The focus of creative activities should be on process: generating (vs. evaluating) new ideas.
• Remind them it’s ok to make mistakes. You don’t want them to be afraid of failure. Adults make mistakes too!
• Encourage divergent (different) thinking. I used to challenge all my first-grade classes to find 100 ways to melt a snowball. It was a struggle, but they always did it.  Wow, those kids were creative!
• Show kids creative ideas. In other words, something that will trigger “out of the box thinking”.

The photo attached to this post was taken by my husband on a golf outing.  He thought it was unique and knew I would share it with some of my grandkids. But he didn’t know that I would use it as the focus photo of a post on creativity!  Who would ever thinking of carving and painting  a scene on a tree?  So, maybe, you won’t paint on the next tree you see, but I bet you’ll think of this photo the next time you see an entwined tree trunk.  Now, you’re being creative.

Thanks to Griffon Ramsey, for the creative inspiration from “Bad Day on the SS Normandie” (2017)

One of the groups that I  volunteer with is the Poughkeepsie branch of  the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  One of our recent projects was to create a brochure about the importance of reading to babies. I’m happy to announce that the finished product, in both Spanish and English, is now available throughout Dutchess County in libraries and pediatrician offices.  Thank you to the graphic designer, the translator and the Poughkeepsie Library System for all their efforts to complete the project.  The information below is included in the brochure.  Enjoy!

While every child develops at his/her own rate, these are general guidelines.

Birth to 3 months

• Looks at the pictures but might noy want to touch the books
• Prefers a book with high-contrast colors and patterned designs

4-6 months

• Explores books by putting them in their mouth
• May coo or babble at you when you read

6-12 months

• Pays with books like toys
• Can help turn the pages
• Babbles at pictures

12-18 months

• Holds or carries books
• Looks at books independently
• Uses index finger to point at the illustrations

18-24 months

• Says some of the words and phrases in familiar books.
• Wants to have a story read over and over.

• Nursery rhymes are short and fun to read with babies. Additional rhymes are easily found online.
• Keep it short. Infants have short attention spans so read for 10-15 minutes, once or twice e a day.
• Sing to your baby, songs of your childhood. Be creative. Take well-known tunes and put in your own words to match your activity.
• Talk to you baby to help build social skills.
• Repeat, repeat, repeat. Reading the same story over and over helps your baby learn what he/she should laugh and get excited by the changes in your voice.

### When Choosing Books for Your Baby

• Look for books that include things to touch and flaps to lift
• Search for boos that include illustrations of photos of other babies
• Choose books that YOU like since you will most likely be reading them over and over.
• For the youngest babies, look for simple pictures in black and white.
• Try sturdy board books when babies start to grab the books
• Read books with rhythm, rhyme, and repetition.
• Visit your local library. You’ll find many great books and programs.
• Enjoy these special moments with your child!

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One of the groups that I  volunteer with is the Poughkeepsie branch of  the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  One of our recent projects was to create a brochure about the importance of reading to babies. I’m happy to announce that the finished product, in both Spanish and English, is now available throughout Dutchess County in libraries and pediatrician offices.  Thank you to the graphic designer, the translator and the Poughkeepsie Library System for all their efforts to complete the project.  The information below is included in the brochure.  Enjoy!

Reading aloud to children from an early age is the best way to raise a child who enjoys reading and does well in school. Therefore, why not start with reading to babies!

Why Reading to Babies is Important

• Your baby’s brain triples in size by age 3. The brain develops as your baby interacts with the world and learns new things.
• Reading aloud exposes babies to the sounds of human speech and lays a foundation for learning to read.
• By age two, children know between 300-500 words. Children who are spoken to and read frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into better readers. Therefore, let the talk begin!
• Communication with your baby helps to make sense of the environment. Whether its smiling, laughing or talking, your baby is starting to realize the value of communication
• As your baby’s first teacher, you can help nurture a language-rich environment.

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## Speech Language Pathologists

As a building principal for many years, I had the pleasure of working with many classroom teachers and special area teachers.  There was not a day that went by that I didn’t learn something from one of them!  One group of teachers that I found to be an amazing source of information was the Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs). Our SLPs were exceptionally helpful in our school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) process.  As part of our RTI process, they worked to find different ways to include language interventions to strengthen student skills.  Collaborating with classroom teachers they were able to explain a child’s limitations based on testing and suggested interventions.  Partnering with parents they explained test scores, program   recommendations and shared progress reports.

Thank you, Holly and Connie!

The 2 sites below are good resources to support teachers, parents and caregivers looking for information on any speech concerns.  Both are active sites with the Main Page having multiple links and search engines to ask specific questions.

American Speech Language Hearing Association

National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDC)

## Early Learning Newsletter: U.S. Dept. of Ed.

Early Learning Newsletter from the U. S. Department of Education is great resource.  Find the latest information about ED’s work in supporting our nation’s youngest learners. Join the Early Learning Newsletter mailing list to receive regular ED early learning updates and the monthly early learning newsletter.  Early Learning Newsletter

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## Use Your Words Daniel Tiger

“Use Your Words”: Learning Kit with Daniel Tiger

The technique “use your words” encourages children to talk about their feelings. Being able to use words to describe what they are feeling gives children power over their feelings. Giving words to feelings can make them become a lot less overwhelming or upsetting or scary. The Use Your Words Learning Kit with Daniel Tiger is a FREE resource has many tips for parents and teachers for helping children learn to use their words to express how they are feeling. Great resource that kids will love!

Use Your Words: Learning Kit with Daniel Tiger

3 Words to Help Expression

## Every Kid Needs A Champion

I saw the video “Every Kid Needs A Champion” a few years back at an ASCD conference in Texas.  I don’t know exactly what touched me about it, but it gave me “the goosebumps”.  You know what I’m talking about.  The goosebumps you get on your arms when you really “get” it.

Take a few minutes and sit back with a cup of coffee to watch this video.   Then think about the question below of how you feel after watching it. Whatever answer you choose, it validates your choice to become a teacher. What you DO makes a difference in a child’s life.  Thank you for what you do.

Rita Pierson: Ted Talks Education: Every Kid Needs a Champion

How do you feel after watching this video?

1. Honored to be a teacher
2. Thankful to be a teacher
3. Inspired to keep teaching
4. All the above

Children remind us to pay attention to the details and the magical moments. They encourage us to sing “Let It Go” for the 100th time. (with hand movements, of course). Children’s enthusiasm is contagious and that’s why we teach. How can we keep that joy alive in our teaching?

It’s because we are champions.

## Change Happens… Now What?

I’ve used the video below many times in Teacher Professional Development workshops when we try to understand the many changes occurring in education today. Sometimes the video helps to focus a group to understand the need for changes.  Other times it helps to support a group challenged to change and looking for meaningful and sustainable pathways.  Overall, a good visual to illustrate how our world has changed and a glimpse into the future.  At the very least it’s a 5 minute history lesson.

I had this video embedded in a recent Keynote speech,  only to find out that the Internet was not working.  (Don’t you just love technology!) So, here you go Astor Friends!  I will also be posting the Champion Speech.   You all deserve it!

Did You Know (Shift Happens  – 2018 Remix

## 3-Words to Help Expression

Teaching young children to use their words is a well-known educational tool.  These 3-words are meant to help kids express their feelings to lessen frustration. Parents and teachers can give children exact words to teach them how to manage new situations.

Kids, parents and grandparents get frustrated when you don’t understand.  However, with kids, their emotions can be heightened, and they can’t tell you what the problem is.  We must teach them to express themselves.  That means giving them direction and model how to express themselves.

3 Strategies to Help Kids Use Their 3-Words

1. Give kids “feelings” words to use and help them know “what” they are feeling.
2. Role-play so they can practice how to use their words in different situations.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice since all situations are not the same.

Finally, I caution you to be careful of what you ask for.  You may be surprised to find your child sharing with you their honest opinion.  I was told recently, by one of my grandkids, that he “sometimes thought I was mean”.  Honestly, I was shocked and felt badly. However, I stepped back and realized that he was expressing his thoughts on my decision not to let him play with a toy. I acknowledged his feelings and once again explained my reasons for saying “No” to his request.  I hope he understood my reasoning but realize that may not be the case. In the end, I was happy he had learned to use his words, but I still felt a little badly.

A great primer on language and toddlers.  Gives short background on the importance of language and its role in reading. It also includes some brain research information to support the concepts.

## Magazines: 2 Free for Educators

Sometimes you just need a magazine with short, easy to read articles on education topics.  A resource to share with your colleagues over lunch.  A resource that gives ideas to immediately use in your classroom. Two resources that you may want to try are Edutopia and District Administrator.

Edutopia is a magazine that celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12  schools.  The George Lucas Educational Foundation publishes this resource for educators.  Sign-up on the website is easy.  Only available through digital subscription.  Get great resources sent to your mailbox each week.     https://www.edutopia.org/

District Administration (DA)  The most widely received and most regularly read publication for school district leaders nationwide. It is available in print and digital formats. If you are a K-12 district leader you may qualify for a free subscription to the DA print magazine.  A digital edition is available on line for free.   https://www.districtadministration.com/

Free Magazines: 2 Free Magazines

This blog is response to a reader for a list of some good reading resources.    A tough  question because SO much goes into a recommendation depending on what their need is.  Recommendations should be based on many factors.  Who needs it? For what purpose is the recommendation? What type of reading resources do you need?  Are you looking for resources, research, opinions?

The table below is my best attempt at a TOP 5 list.  However, please look for future posts on this topic.

## Behaviors (7) Predict School Success?

Last week, my oldest granddaughter excitedly started Kindergarten.  We all knew she was ready, but our eyes still welled up when she climbed the bus stairs.  She is growing up so fast!  So, how did we know?  Well, GiGi’s and daughters JUST KNOW but research on behaviors that predict Kindergarten Readiness also gives information to consider.

report by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) indicates that kids entering kindergarten display a wide range of behaviors.  Some of them give kids a big advantage. The study tracked  students from kindergarten through third grade, to  determine whether some of these behaviors are related to academic performance. They are:

• Pays attention well
• Learns independently
• Organizes belongings
• Shows eagerness to learn new things
• Follows classroom rules

Looking at the list and Little Miss M, a couple of items make us raise our eyebrows but OVERALL, she was ready.  Have fun Miss M! School is  ready for you!

## “Math Walks”: Time to “Walk the Talk”

Earlier this month I presented at a Professional Development Day for Head Start teachers on Early Numeracy.  We touched on a concept that certainly could fill an entire day, “Math Walks”.  This is a great teaching strategy that can be effective from toddlers through adulthood.  If you look around the room or through the window, math concepts are everywhere.  I promised my Head Start colleagues that I would post a cheat sheet on “Math Walk” basics. So here you go Head Start friends, have fun!

## What is a “Math Walk”?

A “Math Walk” is a planned walk with sites along the way to show students math concepts. It encourages students to ask and answer questions.  It’s an opportunity to take kids out of the classroom to “see” math.  It is an active learning strategy to keep kids moving and of course talking!

Top 10 Benefits of Math Walks

1. Can be done anywhere, anytime and with anyone
2. Easy to prepare
3. Opens children’s eyes to the world around them
4. Helps kids see and understand math concepts
5. Gets kids actively learning
6. Gives multiple opportunities to solve problems
7. Encourages communicating thoughts and ideas
8. Builds confidence and a willingness to try
9. Can be tailored to meet children’s abilities
10. Promotes FUN in learning!

“Math Walks” give students and teachers opportunities to see and talk about math terms in everyday conversations.  Start a checklist using the following terms and see how many you use during your walks.

similar, different, compare, pattern, repeating pattern, rectangle, shape, square, circle, triangle, line, shapes, estimate, large, small, short, tall, equal, not equal, measure, distance

### Questioning is Key Important During “Math Walks”

Depending on students’ interests and abilities, questions can be prepared to discuss counting, number sense, measurement  and geometry. Open-ended questioning gives students opportunities to solve problems and develop language. The possibilities of “Math Walks” are endless.

Geometry & Measurement

• Can we find any shapes in the buildings? Squares, rectangles etc.
• Can you name the shape?
• Do you see any shapes in the buildings, ground, cars that pass by?
• Do you see any patterns?
• How tall is the tree?
• How can we measure an item?

Number Sense and Counting

• How many windows do you see in our classroom?
• Can you find an object that is approximately one foot long?
• Estimate which item is bigger, smaller, shorter, taller
• Can you find a specific number of things? Ex. Three windows?

TRY THIS NOW: Sample Math Walk: Take a look at the photo in this blog.

• Estimate how many small mailboxes there are?
• How many mailboxes are there all together?
• Look at each mailbox, are there any other shapes on the box? What shapes are there?
• Is the circle bigger than a quarter, dime, nickel or penny?
• Do you see any other Math symbols on the mailbox? What do you see?
• How many columns are in the structure? How many rows?
• How many mailboxes are in each column? Row?
• What shape is each mailbox? How do you know?
• What size is the mailbox? Can you measure it?
• What is the shape of all the mailboxes added together in each column? Row?
• Tell me something is taller than each mailbox? Shorter?
• Are all the mailboxes together taller than you? Shorter than you? Taller/shorter than mommy?

#### Teachers: Don’t forget to add “Math Walks” to your plan books

“Math Walks” are not an “extra” in your lesson planning.  “Math Walks” meet important NCTM Process Standards.

• Recognizing and applying mathematics
• Communicating mathematical thinking
• Analyzing and evaluating the mathematical thinking of others
• Making and using connections among mathematical ideas

Finally,  one of the keys to creating a positive learning experience is motivating students.  Try a “Math Walk” today and “see math” through the eyes of your students. Enjoy the walk!

Check out: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) https://www.nctm.org/ccssm/

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## Keats (Ezra Jack) Mini-Grant Opportunity

Looking for funding for a classroom project? The Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) mini-grant program  may be the answer.   Teachers  can easily find lessons in Keats’ books to connect to content areas. Most notably, Ezra wanted to cultivate a love of reading that would last for a child’s lifetime. As a result, this grant was created to celebrate the life of EJK and support students and teachers. So, consider applying  a grant and you too will enjoy The Snowy Day!

Application Basics:
Who: Public schools, public libraries, Head Start
Where: Nationwide
Limit: One application per school or library
Not eligible: Private, parochial, public charter schools, private libraries

Trips for students from Target Due: Oct. 1st

Grants for Trips in Hudson Valley

## Picture Walks can promote reading

Research states that reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the word. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. But what to do if your child is not interested and it becomes a nightly struggle rather than a special nighttime ritual? Try Picture Walks!

As a K-2 principal I sometimes gave pep talks to parents in ways to engage their child in reading. A simple and easy way to help your child read is to do a “Picture Walk” BEFORE reading an unfamiliar story. “Picture Walks” help children to learn how to preview and make predictions about a book. A “Picture Walk” can last one day or multiple days depending on your child’s interest.

• Choose a book and read it to yourself first.
• While reading, look closely at the illustrations (pictures), the text (words) and the structure of the book (lots of illustrations, words on the bottom/top, rhyming, repetition of words)

• Look closely at the illustrations with your child and have them talk about what they see. There is no right or wrong answer, just talk about the illustrations.
• Point out text features that will help them comprehend the story. (Subtitles, question marks, exclamation points)
• Use some of the new words in the story when pointing to the illustrations.
• Looking at the illustrations, ask general questions about the story. (Ex: where do you think the story is taking place, who might the story be about?)
• Respond to their replies vaguely; rather that they are correct or incorrect. (Use phrases like “I wonder, it looks like, oh maybe, let’s read further)

Review some of the ideas and predictions that you talked about while looking back at the illustrations.  This reinforces their thinking and fosters enthusiasm.

## Library Suggestions for Preschool Classrooms

September and the start of school has always inspired me to buy new school supplies. Recently, I found the 101 Best Book List created by researchers at the Curry School of Education which is a great list to start your classroom library. The choices are based on readability, length and including different types of genres.

Books don’t have to be new to be enjoyed  Because books are expensive  start your search at garage sales, books sales and used book sales at your local library.  Dutchess County friends, take a road trip to the Poughkeepsie Library on Boardman Road. Their bookstore has great buys.  I recently bought 10 Early Reading (Levels 1 and 2) books for \$2.64.  That’s 25 cents a book! It’s clean, organized and a friendly group of volunteers.  Worth a visit.  http://poklib.org/friends-of-ppld/book-store/

I have retyped this list to make it user-friendly when shopping for books.  Happy Shopping!

booklist

## Reading, Writing and Preschool? Oh MY!

As requested by some attendees at the Astor Services Head Start on the September 14th conference day, the link below is a repost of a Reading presentation that I gave last year to the Astor Education committee.

The presentation outlines the importance of literacy in  Childhood Education.  It includes both research and strategies to include in literacy instruction.  The differences between phonological and phonemic awareness is highlighted.  The pros and cons of the Common Core standards is also included for discussion.

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## Early Literacy and Common Core in Preschool: How Do they Fit Together in Our Classrooms?

As requested by some attendees at the Astor Services Head Start on the September 14th conference day, the link below is a repost of a presentation that I prepared for the Astor Education Committee in May, 2017.

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## Numeracy in Early Childhood

Many preschool students understand numeracy.  However, they probably don’t know the vocabulary. Creative Curriculum gives teachers many new terms to use.  The “Go slow to go fast: Learning about math is neither short-term nor rote” presentation reminds teachers that learning takes time.

Thank you Astor friends for inviting me to your Professional Development Day.