This year, we would like to try to incorporate a new concept into our schedule that involves the students learning independently. During this, they will practice current and old skills in a structured, independent way for approximately 10-15 minutes. We realize it will initially take loads of prompting and then a good amount of fading, after that, but it is important that our students are able to independently attend to a task.
One of the activities we plan on using during this time involves the ever-popular counting bear manipulatives. In case you aren't familiar, they are available for purchase online, including Amazon.
We like these bears because they come in three sizes and six different colors! Really, the possibilities are endless but I have a good place to start for anyone who is interested in using these at school, home, or wherever!
Jenna, the other teacher in the classroom, created a set of brilliantly useful manipulative mats for reinforcing skills such as categorization by color, patterning, fill-in patterning, and one-to-one correspondence (#1-20). The colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple are included in the mat packet as well as blank templates for new ideas!
Categorization by Color
Fill-In Patterning Template
Above is just a quick peek at the complete 96-page document, available here in Jenna's TpT store. Be sure to follow her when you stop by!
These mats can be used with any sort of manipulative with distinguishable colors... beads, stickers, crayons, oh, my! I know I can't wait to incorporate these into our classroom and get our kiddos working independently!