We are having a great time in our classroom. Students are showing great interest in their work while helping each others while building community.
We have introduced the story of numbers to the class. This is a great introductory story that allows the students to open up their imagination and go back in time.
We explored a time where our early ancestors who might have wanted to express an amount to his group. With this story the children get to imagine how it might looked like when one human saw a herd of deer and he goes back to his tribe and tries to explain how many he saw!
Then using numerous charts we show the children how the Malaya people, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and the Chinese numerals looked.
We posed a question for their intellect by asking, "Where do you think the numbers we use today come from?" Similarly, we began our discussion on about first findings that for our symbols, which seems to be cut into the side of a cave in India, and these have been made more than 2000 years ago. Those marks are quite similar to the marks we use for our numbers; we know these numbers as Arabic Numbers.
We also talk about trading that took place between the East and west. Its because of the Arabs trading the West found this practical number system. Furthermore, we have begun to compare and contrast various number systems, such as the Roman and Indian number structures.
Lastly, thank you for coming to visit our classroom during our parent conferences. The students are very excited to serve you tea and biscuits, and show you the work they are interested in. We are also thankful for you coming for our parent night. I hope you enjoyed learning about how we use language in the classroom and the benefits behind the lessons I was able to demonstrate.
I hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!
Mr.Fernando, Mr. Denis and Ms. Lucy