- Topic: Patterns: Book: A-B-A-B-A- A Book of Pattern Play by B. Cleary.
- Topic: Patterns: We made rows of colored glass beads in different patterns. I gave a starting pattern with 5-6 beads, which they copied and then continued the pattern. They also each made up a pattern on their own. Here’s the grid we put the stones in.
- Topic: Logic: We did three Halloween-themed logic puzzles. For example, in the first one, there were 4 monsters and 4 candy buckets, and you have to figure out which one goes with which. One of the clues is “The ghost likes orange”. The full set of pictures and clues is available here (including 4 extra clue sets we didn’t do).
- Topic: Verbal Discussions: I named a bunch of animals and asked the kids what the baby animals of that type were called.
- Topic: Counting: Book: Skip Counting with Meerkats by T. Steffora.
- Topic: Counting: We counted by 2’s and 3’s as a group taking turns going around the circle.
- Topics: Shapes, Charts: We have a large two-dimensional table with colors on the rows and shapes on the columns. The task was to place the Attribute Blocks onto the chart.
- Topic: Origami: Each kid made the cat from Easy Origami by J. Montroll.
How Did It Go?
All the kids attended. The kids were mostly attentive through out, although there was the usual “Is it time to go play?” starting about 40 minutes in.
A-B-A-B-A- A Book of Pattern Play
A decent introduction to simple patterns.
Glass Bead Patterns
All of the kids were able to complete all the patterns I made, (which went up to cycle length 4). They weren’t fooled by an all-blue pattern. One of the kids said they wanted to make their own pattern, so I gave them time to do that. One kid used the columns of the grid for their own pattern instead of the rows.
The kids did well on this activity. On several occasions, they remembered an important relevant clue from earlier in order to solve a puzzle. However, they weren’t quite ready to solve the puzzles on their own — I still needed to ask leading questions several points, particularly on the 3rd (and hardest) puzzle. The kids were pretty good at following the instructions, but there were a few times where someone said something like “I think the cat likes the hat because a cat can’t use a broom.”
The kids knew a reasonable number, including kitty, puppy, calf, cub, and duckling. They didn’t know foal/colt, piglet, tadpole, or gosling. The most interesting guess was “goatling”.
Skip Counting with Meerkats
One of the kids knew the animals in the pictures were meerkats, from Happy Hollow (or rather, “Danny the Dragon place”).
Counting by 2’s and 3’s
The majority of the kids still aren’t very good at counting by 2’s or 3’s — two can do it reliable, three can’t.
Attribute Block Chart
I was impressed by the kids performance on this task, I remember Circle 1 having some issues, but all the kids got the idea and were able to do it. Initially a number of the shapes were placed incorrectly because the kids didn’t want to put more than one shape in each box, but once I showed them stacking was ok, they placed all the rest of the shapes without problems. The kids also put all the shapes back into the box afterwards.
The kids are decent at making folds, but the idea of making a fold from point A to point B, or so that an edge lines up with a given point, is tricky for them.