I need advice - favorite teaching materials/manipulatives?

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by WarmWillow, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. WarmWillow

    WarmWillow Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    I am teaching kindergarten next year, and I'm inheriting a lot of great manipulatives and materials for student use from the previous teacher. I also get a small stipend and want to get the most bang for my buck. I already have a lot of the more common manipulatives (linking cubes, pattern blocks, ect...) I was wondering is there anything that you use A LOT that the kids LOVE, that might not be as common? Anything to reinforce key math and language arts skills... or even to generate creative thinking? I was thinking puppets to make storytelling more engaging, but I just wasn't sure how much I would use them. I'm also open to making things. Your advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!
     
  2.  
  3. AZmamaC

    AZmamaC New Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    I think puppets would be a great idea. I used them when teaching preschool, and can recall my second grade teacher using them while she read stories and we loved it!

    As far as manipulatives....geoboards, dice, dominos, spinners, magnets, buttons, links, counting bears, word tiles..those are all pretty common though, sorry I'm not much help!
     
  4. KinderCowgirl

    KinderCowgirl Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2006
    Messages:
    4,858
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    My kids love regular blocks and I've found some really cute sets-one is pandas with bamboo, one is the natural wood--definitely could help build creativity! ;) I'm a big believer in puzzles too. They love those big floor puzzles.
     
  5. RainStorm

    RainStorm Phenom

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2005
    Messages:
    4,015
    Likes Received:
    304

    Jul 7, 2013

    Buy some metal cookie sheets, and some thick magnetic tape. You can make all kinds of magnets with it, and the pieces don't fall off. Great for sorting -- big A and little a -- that type of thing.
     
  6. WarmWillow

    WarmWillow Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    Wow! What an awesome idea ... I never would have thought of that on my own. So many possibilities with magnetic boards. I also have some metal cookie sheets hanging out in my cupboard unused. Thank you so much RainStorm!
     
  7. WarmWillow

    WarmWillow Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    I could even use puppets during morning meeting to make it a bit more fun since the kids are sitting for awhile. I have a few finger puppets, but they may be too small. Perhaps a couple of fun larger puppets that could serve as our "class mascots" during morning meeting throughout the year. The kids could even use them too. Any suggestions on what type they would like?
     
  8. WarmWillow

    WarmWillow Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    Hi KinderCowgirl! I have a large "planet" puzzle. Do you have the kids put the puzzles together on their own or as a class... as a center? What other puzzles do you use?
     
  9. skerns

    skerns Companion

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2004
    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    Favorites

    My kiddos love the small lego center, the pinching/sorting manipulatives and the hammer and pegs one. As far as other teacher aids, I do use my puppets (we only have two) by I never let the students use them. They are the high end type, a dog and a bear. It ruins the "awe" of they play with them. I love our math games and my favorite are the number bingo, Hi Hi Cherrio, and Chutes and Ladders. Puzzle are also a huge thing in my class. I have a variety from hard to easy ones for puzzle time. I really love science and spent a full year putting together 9 different science centers. I do no think I cold go without them now.
     
  10. raynepoe

    raynepoe Companion

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 7, 2013

    My preschoolers stayed engaged with marble tracks it created many opportunities to discuss higher order thinking.

    They also loved to use eyedroppers and lots of clear containers to measure and mix primary colored water with food coloring. They loved the play, I loved that it helped their fine motor muscles develop.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. blazer,
  2. MrTempest,
  3. Alexander,
  4. Backroads,
  5. catnfiddle,
  6. LovesToTeach123
Total: 442 (members: 6, guests: 414, robots: 22)
test