Last year, 'Number of the Day' was a mental maths routine for my Primary 1 (kindergarten) class. It will still be a mental maths routine on some days this year, but I want to introduce 'Maths Journaling' into our maths block, and I'm hoping to incorporate our Number of the Day routine into that.

I really like the idea of Maths Journaling - getting kids to write about their mathematical thinking. The K-5 Math Teaching Resources website has a great explanation of what Maths Journaling is.

In their journals, we want children to be thinking mathematically, in an open ended way. Many of the 'Number of the Day' cards ask closed questions, but for getting started with Maths Journaling, with a new class who has never done it before, that's OK with me. :-) Once we have established our oral 'Number of the Day' routine, it will hopefully be fairly straightforward to transfer that into written form in our journals.

Additionally, it's much easier to see the progression in what the children are doing, as everything is naturally in date order in a journal (once you train your class to NOT skip pages!). Using a journal rather than a static photocopied sheet also lets you more easily change the maths skills you want to focus on and practice that day. Rather than making up and photocopying a separate sheet of paper, with different skills to practice, you can just change the cards you have up on your Number of the Day board.

After drawing the grid, the children would then fill in the answers for each card, beginning with the cards at the top. If this is already an established oral routine, then hopefully it will transfer into journals fairly easily (although that is never guaranteed, of course). The finished page would look something like this:

**Sally had 25 chocolate bars, she gave some to a friend and kept some for herself. How many did she give away and how many did she have left?**

This kind of question is asking children to decompose 25, of course - which is a task they will be familiar with from the 'Addition' and 'Subtraction' sheets in our mental maths routine.

I'll let you know how it goes once school is back, and we get this up and running!