I am somewhat obsessed with Pete the Cat (by Eric Litwin)! I was so excited when the new book came out. Once I got it in, I couldn't quit singing the song and using the phrase, "stuff may come and stuff may go, but do we cry? GOODNESS NO!" (I have a feeling my pre-kinders are going to be hearing a lot of that this year - thanks Mr. Litwin!)
So, I've been working hard this summer to create a focus wall for my classroom. I want to hit on the important concepts every morning to keep them fresh, and I couldn't help but include Pete! He's not laminated yet (sigh! You should see my mountain of "to be laminated".) but he's still pretty cute - IMO. I bought some scrapbook paper, big buttons (40% off with coupon at Hobby Lobby - don't say I'm not thrifty), and magnets. I made Pete with the scrapbook paper, and I glued the magnets to the back of the buttons.
I made about 25 buttons because our goal is to count to 20 in pre-kindergarten (and I ran out of magnets). The plan is to change the number of buttons each day. I will probably store the buttons in a hanging pail next to Pete, and we will count them everyday, and then write the number on a laminated version of this . . .
Pete's Groovy buttons. What do you use to practice counting in your classroom?