( NOTE: I only use this tool ONCE for whole alphabet. When I use it again, it is for numbers. Because this is alphabet review, and they have 75% letter recognition, the content (letters) is familiar enough they can explore the number bond tool. Any repetition of using the bond for letters, may build an expectation of that’s the purpose.
I tested each of the 3 step process with my preschoolers. The skill range combined= some Kindergarten skill standards mastered – some preschool standards not mastered.
I have after school kids that I give homework support to. The first grader met all standards in Kindergarten, but fell behind Common Core math standards in the second half of first grade.
The 2nd grader had met all standards until the second half of second grade, then fell behind in Common Core math.
These students only needed more time to internalize the processes/steps they were taught. There’s so much packed into a short time-there really isn’t time for common core tools (like the number bond) to become second nature.
Construct Alphabet Letter I : Uppercase/Lowercase Trace/ I is for Iguana
I came up with Letter Bonds, to build my preschoolers familiarity with the number bond structure that is used, so that by the time they get to Kindergarten, the tool is so familiar, using it is automatic.
My theory is that the number bond format is about constructing and deconstructing, it doesn’t matter WHAT DATA is put into the areas. For example, my first grade student KNEW how to solve the problem, but he didn’t remember to draw his frame right-or his bonds right because he was in a hurry.
IF the number bond is a common tool that my preschoolers get introduced to it in preschool, then practice it with numbers later, they will just KNOW.
***NOTE: Again, I will only use this tool ONCE for whole alphabet. When I use it again, it will be for numbers. But because this is alphabet review, and they know 75% of their letter recognition, the content (letters) is familiar enough they can enjoy the number bond tool. Any repetition of using the bond for letters, would possibly build a student expectation that this is what its ALWAYS used for.
Perhaps 3 months after we finish with the pack, I will introduce simple 0+1 addition using the number bond. That practice with manipulatives and writing will include repetitive explanation of the Number Bond.
There are 3 packs to direct download separately. The packs are made to teach sequentially. Each direct download link, will be under each page example IMAGE.
I made this game with the goal of giving my preschoolers confidence in drawing. How many of us have said, “I can’t draw.”? My experience as an artist/artisan is that we are all creative, if we have the right medium.
For example, I am mediocre at freehand drawing. However, upon moving to a small rural town in Oregon, I was exposed to textile mediums. In two years I learned to make beaded bags and moccassins.
Ten years later I bead very little due to bifocals, but I have learned to use OTHER mediums to make things.
The point is: If we believe we are creative, we will continue to try different mediums.
With Art and Music cut from the standard education system, it is up to us to provide these experiences for children.
One of my preschoolers is speech delayed, and is only gaining confidence to TRY now at 4.5 yo. Student loses interest quickly, is resistant to try new things, and will only color smaller images. I made the game with this student in mind, and sure enough when it came to draw one side of the mouth- “I don’t know how to do that”. I responded, “you can do it”, and the student did draw that curve. During the second portion of the mouth, I guided the hand when asked. Student appeared to gain confidence, even drawing on wall whiteboards for the first time this week.
Confidence in Drawing
Kindergarten Common Core familiarity
Following directionS/Critical thinking
This is a great version of roll and draw for students with shorter attention spans. Drawing the face helps with letter formation due to fine motor skill practice for whiskers and mouth parts. Students excercise critical thinking skills as they have to draw the parts separately and understand how the lines lead to, a mouth, for example. This is the same process of alphabet letter deconstruction.
Pack Includes: Pages pictured in this post, single large page key, instructions.
Below the rabbit face is the direct download link: