I ordered this book called Guided Math.
Come to find out, this book really speaks more to a "Balanced Math" type approach instead of solely focusing on Guided Math. Elements include: Morning Math Warm Ups, Whole-Class Instruction, Guided Math Instruction in Small Groups, Math Workshop, Individual Conferences, and Ongoing Assessment. I am very inspired by the beginning of this book. As teachers, we focus so much on creating a "literacy rich environment", but rarely do you hear of anyone focusing on creating a "numeracy rich environment." I find myself asking, "What can I do better to create a numeracy rich environment?"
I am also thinking about "Math Out Of The Box". Are you familiar with this curriculum? One of my colleagues got a pilot kit for me, and after exploring, I am really excited! This curriculum involves the children in investigations, reflections, applications and allows them to experience math through problem solving. My kindergarten kit is Numbers and Counting.
Better still, everything you need to teach this unit is.......IN the box! I am planning to get some solid pre-assessment data in hopes of presenting this opportunity in more hopes of getting funding for more kits! I am positive that I will see big results from this 21st century style of teaching and learning.
My wonderful kindergarten team and I got together to talk about Math today! I love professional conversation, especially when we can share, agree, disagree, and brainstorm something new! 4 brains are better than 1!
So, I have added my tentative Long Range Math Plans to a page at the top bar on my blog. Be sure to check it out! I would love to hear how it compares to yours!
Best of all....I am excited about Math!