You are about to get a sneak peek into May’s Book Box.
Although I cannot yet reveal our book choice, can you guess from the picture which one we may be using?
In honor of hosting Early Learning 101’s number challenge on Instagram, I want to share with you an important counting concept you can use with your preschooler. See the link above to their Instagram page. Each week has a different theme geared around preschoolers.
PROMISE! – To your preschooler, this will seem like a game. Sneaky, sneaky.
Why Practice Counting Up?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
This means, that it is important to provide visuals that demonstrate the concept of “one more”.
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Cardboard – this can come with your purchases below!
How to Play:
– yes, I said play. Bare with me. Again, I guarantee your preschooler will think this is a game.
STEP ONE: PREPARING YOUR GAME SUPPLIES
Paper punch your colored paper using the punch listed above.
FIRST, paper punch a stencil to use on your cardboard. Trace the circle the amount of rows you want your preschooler to practice.
Color one – One number, one circle
Color two – Two numbers, two circles
Color Three – Three numbers, three circles
I bet you are catching on!
STEP TWO: INTRODUCE YOUR GAME
Share with your preschooler the colored circles and circles drawn on the board.
FIRST, see what your preschooler does on their own! They may surprise you with what they come up with.
NEXT, guide your preschooler along with placing the circles in the correct locations.
Begin to mention how each row has “one more”.
Your preschooler will do one of two things:
- Show Interest – if so, continue.
- Show disinterest – aka, throw the game, walk away, etc. THIS IS OKAY!! This simply tells you that they are not ready. They will be. Put it away and try again another time.
BEST TIME OF DAY TO PLAY THESE “TYPES” OF GAMES?
I find that meal times are a great time to introduce thinking games. My preschooler is relaxed, and it creates a no pressure kind of structure.
How about you? When is your best preschooler learning window?
Stay tuned Sunday, May 7th for more on this book and activity board!