Monday, June 14, 2010
So now that you are thinking of all the little collections around your house, here are some ideas of how to put them to use...
1. Explore - It's very important that children are given time to explore something new on their own. Observe how your child explores the items. Does he/she count them, line them up, sort them, or study them closely. This will give you an indication of how to support his/her learning.
2. Counting - Simple yet important. Demonstrate one-to-one by pointing and counting out loud. This can be challenging for some young children.
3. Sort - Talk about the different attributes of the item (size, color, shape).
4. Simple Graph - Make a graph using the sorting stacks.
5. Patterns - At an early age children can grasp the concept of simple patterns such as ABABAB (red, blue, red, blue or big, little, big, little,).
6. More Free Play/Exploration - You'll be surprised what your child will come up with next!
IMPORTANT - Be aware of choking hazards with young children!