I often see activities like this where a student is working independently to match numbers. I've used a few of them myself. However, there have been times when I've noticed a child put the wrong answer on top, and unless it's brought to my attention, it doesn't get corrected.
My suggestion is this. At the bottom inside the cup, put the same number of dots. That way, when the child mentions s/he's done, you can turn the cup over and have them check to see if their answers are correct.
On activities like this, there has to be a way for them to check their answers to make sure they're actually counting correctly and not just putting down any answer for the sake of finishing the job.
As a former music teacher, I can attest to the fact that singing songs, playing music games, and playing musical instruments is extremely beneficial to a Pre-Kinder and Kindergartner's development. Even if it's something as simple as singing along and just clapping their hands, or letting them freestyle dance for a couple of minutes, it has a profound effect. Any time you feel both you and your students need a quick break, pull out a song! Click this link to read an article that further supports this.
4. We say it's moving "counter-clockwise". By rotating in this direction, the sun rises in the east, or the right, and sets in the west, the left. (Look at a clock that has hands and notice which way is "counter-clockwise".)
‘The Pasta Kidz™ and Petz Adventures’ are humorous, zany, magical and chaotic stories that bring together the pasta-themed Kidz – including Sarah Spaghetti, Rikki Ravioli, Camilla Cannelloni (above) and their creative Petz – Mumbo the Macaroni Dog, Spud the Spaghetti Horse and Val the Vermicelli Snake (above) together in unusual circumstances, engaging with strange magical objects that have a life of their own. The songs, music and humour, told in specially invented pasta language, will engage 4-to-7 year olds in a fantasy world of friendship.
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This is more for children ages 8-18, beyond Kindergarten age (unless you have an advanced Kindergartener!). But in my opinion it's a great "jumping off point" for teaching coding. Coding is the future. It affects computer programs, robotics, and more. And it can be taught in both the home and classroom. For more information, click the link here.
Music is indeed all around us, but I never thought a gorgeous piece of music could be found in a cross-section of a tree trunk.
Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck designed and built a record player that “reads” the texture and color variations of tree rings and interprets them as music. Because every tree has its own configuration of rings, every tree has its own song. By doing this, Traubeck has essentially created the infinite library of records. You must love the time we live in.
If you think Nature would sound like crackling and random noises, think again. This is actually beautiful.
1. What instrument does this sound like?2. What does this music sound like to you?3. If this was from a movie, what kind of movie do you think you would be watching?
What do you see? What is the fish doing? Why do you think the fish is "spitting" the glob of light? This is called a "bio-luminescence defense". It means the fish is using the light to temporarily blind or confuse another fish or creature that may be trying to eat it.