Summer 2007
Camp Kindergarten Kapers


Giant Clock - Aimee from Oklahoma draws a giant clock on a shower curtain liner. Children lay in the middle of the clock and use their legs for the long hand and their arms for the short hand to show the time.

Tally Chant - Pam Steichen from Derby, KS, shared this Tally Chant:

            We’re in Ms. ____’s class. (Children repeat.)
            We know how to tally. (Children repeat.)
            Sound off! (Children say “1, 2” and write tally marks.)
            Add 2 more. (Children say “3, 4” and write tally marks.)
            Add 1 more. (Children say, “Slide, that makes 5,” and write the tally mark.)

Seal a Meal - Pam also makes squishy bags for tracing letters, numerals, etc. by putting colored hair gel in a “seal a meal” plastic bag. (The textured side is really good for sensory writing.) Take a look at the book she has the children use when they are writing numerals.

Make, Draw, Tell, Do - Teachers from Foust Elementary shared this process to help children “see” math. It’s called make, draw, tell, do.


Mickey Mouse Math - Make a large circle and then draw two smaller circles for ears as shown. Have children make sets in each ear and then join them in the large circle. For example, “Put 2 in the left ear. Put 4 in the right ear. How many in all?”

Mouse Math

Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snap Shots <--- I don’t know who this girl is, but someone at Camp K gave me her website, and it is INCREDIBLE! You’ve got to check out it out! She has amazing calendar activities and free things you can download!

Odd - Even Line Up Chant - Lucy Goodkin of Kentucky extends the line-up chant by asking the leader if she wants odd or even. Depending on what she chooses, the class says the verse below:
            Even - 2, 4, 6, and 8 - We know we are really great.
            Odd - 1, 3, 5, and 7, 9 - We know we are really fine.

Here’s another chant for even and odd numbers from Bonnie Dennison:

            2, 4, 6, 8, 10
            Even numbers are our friends.
            1, 2, 5, 7, 9
            Odd numbers are really fine.

Number Please! - Here’s a super idea for classroom management. This teacher explained that she has community supplies at all tables. She puts numbers on each chair and at the beginning of each day she passes out a number to each child. Children have to find the seat with their number on it. That is their seat for the day, week, whatever. She also uses the numbers to line children up. This teacher puts numbers on different cutouts, such as flowers, snowflakes, pumpkins, etc. throughout the year.