The children are having a REALLY hard time counting the blocks in these puzzles because there is barely any contrast in color between the blocks. It is hard for them to see how many steps Laurel should take. Is there anyway to have the color of the blocks have more contrast or have a grid of lines around the blocks (or steps)
The puzzles in this lesson using the repeat blocks are pretty much the same as Course B (First Grade). The children are having a LOT of difficulty doing multi command repeat loops, like repeat 5 times. They might have an easier time being taught repeat loops more slowly. A thought is to start with puzzles that repeat 1 action multiple times like: repeat 3 times. I have approximately 220 Kindergarten students that I teach through a 6 day cycle and I would say only about 20% of the children are understanding the concept in these puzzles. They are getting frustrated. In addition, if a child solves a puzzle (like puzzle 5) correctly but did not use the repeat block, they are not able to continue.
Is anyone else seeing their students have difficulty with this lesson in Course A.