When I created the names for our math centers, I never anticipated how much my class would embrace them. I was so surprised back in October when they would come in on Monday morning and tell each other "It is Motor Skills Monday today!"
I knew that I wanted to have a entire math day each week with the focus being on motor skills. My class last year really struggled with pencil grip and cutting. I used a lot of the components I use now, but having them all one day really stresses the importance of the skill.
We spent a lot of time talking in the fall about how the muscles in our hands need to have exercise just like our bodies. I would tell them stories about my 5th grade students and how they struggled with handwriting and cutting. This helped them to understand how it important it was for them to work hard to build these muscles.
Our whole day is centered around workshops, so I kept the trend going for Math as well. We start off our math workshop at the rug. Everyone grabs a dry ease marker and a whiteboard, I love these whiteboard paddles. They are are the perfect size for writing and small enough so we don't feel overcrowded at our rug area!
First up is the Problem of the Day which consists of four skills; comparing numbers, counting on, adding and subtracting with ten frames and money.