On Friday morning, I saw Michael J. Rosen present on his book, You, Me, and the ABCs. He shared many wonderful multi-sensory ideas for caregivers to use in introducing letters to children. My new favorite is having the kids (sitting in a chair) "write" letter with the toe of one foot. I will be using this for sight words too! We were each given a copy of the book in both English and Spanish. They are available in bulk for as low as $2 a copy by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org if your school might like to order them for parents.
I also loved a presentation by Peter Nosalik on Learning math without knowing it: Fun ways to integrate early numeracy into all subject areas.
He shared great ideas for combining numeracy, art, and science. One of the items he shared were these Straws and Connectors. I am already a HUGE fan of these. I purchased them in
August to improve the choices in the block center.
My students love to build large structures with them at center time. We have also used them to create cubes, rectangular prisms, etc. They are QUIET. I store them in a clear shoebox so they do not require a lot of shelf space. I find that girls are just as drawn to them as boys.
Peter pointed out that they could be used to show how long a whale or dinosaur would be. I can't wait to try that! (This is an Amazon affiliate link, but the views I am sharing are my own.)
Check back in the next few days. I have picked up so many great freebies from all the vendors here, that I have decided to bundle some of them as a giveaway!