## A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins - Mathematics - June 1999

# Activities for Your Day (part 2 of 4)

## Waiting at the Doctor's Office or Other Places

Marcus and Keisha dreaded being at the dentist's office. To pass the time, Gram asked them to look for things that repeated. Keisha said, "Look at my shirt. It has a red stripe, a blue stripe, and then another red and another blue." Marcus found patterns in the rug and in the wallpaper. Since they were still waiting, they looked around the room and found patterns everywhere—the way the magazines were put on the table, the way the lights were put on the walls, and even the way the tiles were placed in the ceiling.

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## At the Grocery Store

As Dad picked the can of soup off of the shelf, he asked Jamal, "What shape is this can?" Jamal replied, "A circle!" "Very good, Jamal." The shape of the whole can is actually called a cylinder, but Dad was happy that Jamal was recognizing the shapes on the bottom of the can.

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## In the Kitchen

Kaitlyn and Kevin were racing around in the kitchen while Mommy was getting dinner ready. "Kaitlyn, why don't you see if you can fit these pots and pans together for me," said Mommy. "And Kevin, I need a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Can you find the measuring spoon for me?" Soon, everyone was busy and dinner was cooking.

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