Day 15: Main Activity – Numeracy in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special Needs

Day 15- Main Activity – Numeracy in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special NeedsThis is a post out of the “31 Days of Morning Circles for the Child with Special Needs”.  You can find the main page for this series here.

Now that we’ve sorted through the opening activities in the morning circle, we move onto the main activity.

Whereas the opening activities remain the same each day for us, the main activity changes often. Sometimes, it’s the same one for a few days; sometimes, we only attempt it once a week for a month or a quarter and sometimes only one time – in total.

How do you know how long to stay with an activity? It all depends on the activity, what your child’s developmental level is, his interest in the activity and how much practice he needs with a certain skill.

The main activities in the morning circle are intended to introduce and build upon a skill. I use it for one-on-one intimate practice of a skill my son will use later in the day or week. We only work on one main activity per day in the morning circle.

There are three main reasons your child will learn a skill best in the morning circle:

  1. He is most refreshed in the morning.
  2. He is already engaged.
  3. It’s short.

For the next week, I will share examples of skills that I introduce/ practice in the main activities section of the morning circle. They are not the same activities I do each day or each week. I’m just offering up some ideas for you to use in your circle.

Note: If you’re reading this series for the first time, I suggest you look at the daily structure post to understand the routine we follow in our morning circle.

In this post, we look at numeracy.

Numeracy activity for morning circle:

Using real mini-pumpkins, we:

  • sing the “5 Little Pumpkins” song
  • count to 5
  • compare “small” and “big” (we compare to our large pumpkin)

5 little pumpkins - using real objects as manipulatives for numeracy

Using meaningful, familiar objects as manipulatives for numeracy.

Numeracy Song: 5 Little Pumkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care!”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
OOOhh OOOhh went the wind
And out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Ideas for including numeracy in the morning circle:

  • use manipulatives only (never, ever, ever use worksheets in the morning circle) – you want to take advantage of the proximity you have with your child to maximize learning
  • use seasonal/thematic materials to help build vocabulary as well as numeracy skills
  • skills you can work on include: counting, matching, comparing, adding, subtracting, order, patterns, measuring, problem solving, estimation, etc.
  • use ASL signs for numbers
  • use songs/ rhymes to accompany the skill practice – children retain experiences better through music/ chants

How do you incorporate numeracy in your morning circle?

There are too many math concepts and levels to be able to get in-depth with main activities. If you’d like tips specific to your child’s needs, we can work through them together. 

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