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First Grade Math

We introduced Roman numerals via a nice story about a shepherd tending his sheep and needing a way of counting them.  For V, we traced our hand, showing the V that easily makes 5.


I, II, III, IV, V













We counted to 100 as we went for a walk, and then started to count backwards too.  Maybe we should walk backwards next time we do that.  ;-)  

We then worked with some pine cones and acorns and things, and just played with them, seeing how many are five and so forth, and working out the different combinations that make up five.  

We have begun to march out our two times table just counting, emphasizing every second number:

one, TWO, three, FOUR, five, SIX, seven, EIGHT....


I presented it as a frog hopping across two lily pads.  In our next warm up lesson, we will play a hopping game for this, and a table version, with a little beeswax frog or something.  

We began a little woolen sheep during one of our handwork lessons, making the frame with some pipe cleaners, and then wrapping some wool roving about it.  It was really very easy, much more so then I expected, although I haven't finished him just yet.


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