One of our goals this summer is to work on counting, numbers and shapes. And here’s the truth about journalists… at least in TV News… Great with words. Numbers, not so much. So, as a former reporter, I really have to focus on making numbers a bigger part of our conversation and summer exploration. I mean he can easily count to three, only because it’s the foundation of my discipline. “I’m going to count to three and if I get to three, you will have a time out.”
In fact my dad randomly asked my preschooler which number comes after three and he said, “Time Out!”
Oh Yes, a shining moment, it was not. Luckily, we weren’t in the pediatrician’s office!
While those first three numbers will remain “special” in our house, our ocean and beach mural provides us a great opportunity for counting much higher!
We are using small pasta shells as the sea shells for our beach.
First step, Mom writes each number 0-10 on the beach with glitter glue to spice up our sand.
Then Crowley counts out the number of shells needed for each numeral and glues them around each number.
We also created an octopus. My son painted half a paper plate for the head. Then following my lines, he cut long strips of construction paper that we glued together to make even longer strips for octopus arms/legs. I accordion folded them for him. We attached the long arms to the plate. Then we added a shape to the bottom of each arm. On the shape we numbered each tentacle.
This was great fun! It hangs from a ceiling fan and has become a favorite for eliciting giggles from Baby Q!
Also, each morning we are working with shapes. We call it our shape challenge.
I give my son several shapes and ask him to make them into something specific whether it’s a light house, an anchor, sailboat, etc.
It gives us a chance to spend more time than normal life allows to consider each shape and how they can be used together to create something entirely different.
My Aunt Erwin, who’s spent decades as a preschool educator, says this is helps develop problem solving skills. I’m very excited about that.
I also think these skills can be used in the foundations of art. It’s easier to draw something complicated if you can break the object down into shapes and smaller steps. Actually, isn’t that a great approach to just about any problem?
Have a great day!