I am so excited to share this post with you all. I've been teaching kindergarten for four years and math has always been a struggle for me.
I feel like I've tried everything imaginable or at least everything on Pinterest, but nothing really worked for me or my kiddos. My time constraints were too limited and my kiddos couldn't handle the switching and the organization of it all was challenging. I tried everything imaginable and even tried some tried and true methods by amazing teachers. It just wasn't for me.
I am a strong believer that you have to do what is best and right or you and your kids and even though I my stand here and tell you that this method is awesome and I love so much.... that doesn't mean that this method is going to be perfect for you. You have to take the ideas of others and work it to a point where it fits your classroom and what your kids need.
Enough preaching... on to how I do math.
Over the summer I sat down and thought about what I wanted my kids to be doing at each station. I knew I wanted to incorporate IPads, Meet the Teacher and partner games. Now it was a matter of the other topics. I took the idea of using manipulatives (so much of kindergarten is exploring with manipulatives) then applying their skill individually. I also wanted my Data binders to play a part in this as well so the individual part would have various times when their recording would be placed in their data binder.
Once I knew all the ways in which I was going to have my students practice math I pulled out my notepad and scrabble word and got to work looking for 5 letter words. It took a while.
Finally, I came up with CHAMP.
CHAMP is a predictable system that allows the teacher and students the opportunity to be successful during each rotation. now I say rotation, but I mean that in a weeks time. Each group will visit each letter bucket within that week. They will only visit it once and they will only go to one bucket within that day. So there are no crazy rotations happening in a day and students are given ample time to practice and complete the task.
CHAMP also stands for something very specific. C stands for Computers/Ipad. H stands for Hands on learning. A stands for applying the skill. M stands for meet with the teacher, and P stands for practice with a partner.
I love this because I feel as though the students are practicing a specific skill in various ways.
After a semester of implementing CHAMP in my room I must say that I am in LOVE! It is simple to create games or activities since each station is targeting a specific area. Transitioning is simple and easy and maintaining materials is a snap. Overall, it encompasses everything I wanted. The system is structured and predictable and allows for me to easily plan out the day.
Here are some pictures of my kids during each rotation:
I hope this gave you all a good picture of what happens in my classroom. I take bits and pieces from teachers all over and I make it fit for me. After all, that's what it is all about right?
How do you implement math workshop in your classroom?
Have a good week everyone!