Thursday, March 17, 2011

Counting our Lucky Pennies

We had fun reading the the story of Pippen's Lucky Penny during the past few days.  This book has been around for many years and I enjoy reading it to the children around St. Patrick's Day.  The elf-like character, Pippen, reminds me of a tiny leprechaun while the lucky penny prompts our "luckiness" on St. Patrick's Day.  It is just a light-hearted read and the children thoroughly enjoy it..."Read it again, again!"  is what I hear most often afterwards!

This story lead us to a presentation of a celebratory "Lucky Pennies" counting activity.  This consisted of felt shamrocks, each with a number 1-10, and 55 pennies.  I made these out of regular craft felt (the stiff kind) and the pre-cut numbers had sticky-backs - super simple to make!  The beautiful Lilly-of-the-Valley tin which holds the pennies came from a fancy soap.  I just love its size and shape!  Also,the pennies make such a lovely sound when the kids place them in the tin...aah, the joys of a Montessori teacher...! 

Here is the lesson as it appears on the shelf...
...and here is what it looks like when complete.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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