Monday, November 5, 2012

Counting Beans

So traditionally I would say bean counters have no fun but today I was corrected. My boys had lots of fun being bean counters! We have been working with 10 frames for the last week and are getting quite good at understanding tens and place values for the first grader. Adam is just about to start counting by 10s and so he got to participate by filling his 10 frames with the number of beans I said and finding different ways to show the same number within the frame.

Making it to 96 in very little time! By golly I think he is figuring out this 10 grouping thing. Kevin has been counting to hundred by 10 for over a year but he is just now understanding what that actually means.

Adam showing the number 7 four different ways.

1. We have been working with 10 frames for the last week and are getting quite good at understanding tens and place values for the first grader.
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2. Sara's kindergarten teacher had the cutest idea for different ways to make a number, she had beans that were split into 2 and one side of them painted red, she had them in the rectangular plastic baby food containers. Then whatever number they were working with had that many bean 1/2's in it, they would shake the container and say how many were white and how many were red and how many total. So many cute ideas out there. Still looks like you are having such fun playing school!