Saturday, February 18, 2012

Abstract attempt

I went to my art group this morning, it was so nice to get back there and actually play with some paint. One of the other girls had some old school art magazines, and there was one from the 80's that had some cool retro abstract art. I found one abstract painting that inspired me. I had fun playing with shapes and colour once I got the still life centre sketched. It was so nice just to play and experiment.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

creative counting

Being  back at work (aka school) has meant a new class, and new challenges. One of these was that I had several students struggling with counting in 5's. I had found some square cards that counted in 5's but I thought it was a bit boring. Then I got this idea, we have 5 fingers on our hands (well technically 4 and thumb - as one of my students told me) but you get the idea; so I got them to make hand prints, then I cut them out and glued them on a black backing. Then I wrote the numbers counting in 5's on them, I then plan to laminate them so they keep longer. I hope these will help students understand they are counting groups of 5 when they are counting in 5's. They also look really fun and bright.