Yesterday was day 100 of the current school year. It has been 100 days that I have greeted this year’s group of children; a 100 days that we have sung together, counted together, worked together. Each morning we count the days of the school year. We count by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, up to 10s. As we are counting by multiples, I sow the beginnings of multiplication knowledge. As the number of days increase, the children notice the patterns in the 100s chart that we build every day on the board.
Yesterday we hit 100. “So many days Madame!” Yes, and by now the children are used to counting in multiples. To celebrate 100 days at school, I asked the children to make up some board games using their knowledge of multiples. The grade 1s were asked to use a multiple of their choice up to 100; the grade 2s up to 200. They enjoyed creating the games and then playing them in the afternoon.
It is satisfying to see the children apply their knowledge – knowledge built over the last 100 days by following our morning routine. Now we will begin to count the days from 100.
How do you use your knowledge of multiples?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
(This post is linked to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt is: so/sow/sew)