## 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 3 of 4)

## Around the House

Granddad was so proud of little Jesse. He loved to play with him and give him snacks. As Granddad handed out pretzels he counted, "1 for me, 1 for you, 2 for me"

### Counting

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With your younger children count, "1 for me, 1 for you, 2 for me." With your older children try counting items by 2s (2, 4, 6,) or by 5s (5, 10, 15, ... ).
Have fun counting out loud anything that has quantity: food that you eat, stairs as you climb them, shoes as you put them away, or the number of times the phone rings before you are able to answer it.
Practice understanding quantities. Ask your child questions about which is bigger or smaller, who is taller or shorter, or which bag has more or fewer raisins.

### Special days

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 Count down on the calendar the number of days or weeks until your child's birthday or some other special day. Do this every day until the big day arrives. Keep a calendar. This helps children learn the names of the days of the week and how many days of the week there are. Use stickers or a special mark for sunshine, raindrops, and snowflakes and keep track of the weather. Count each notation at the end of the month. Keep a record of your children's height by marking the wall and measuring the height every month, or every year. Young children enjoy seeing how big they are getting and predict how big they will be next year. The marks on the wall are simply a graph of their growth. When you have something to measure, let your children help by holding the ruler or the yardstick. Older children can figure out ways to measure things. Remember, inches, feet, and yards are just one way of measuring. Let them use informal units, like footsteps, as well. This will help them understand the concept of measurement.

### Housekeeping

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 Let your children sort the dirty clothes by color before you wash them. Once the clothes are clean they can sort them again by matching the socks or sorting clothes into piles for each member of the family. This helps children classify objects and better understand the concept of number. Get children used to the idea of fractions by splitting up some household chores. "You clean up this half of the room and Roberto will clean up the other half." Put different shoes in a pile and ask your children to match up the pairs of shoes. After they are all properly matched, count the pairs, explaining the difference between single shoes and pairs of shoes. The children will also notice the difference in the size, shape, and color of the shoes.

## Playtime

"Time to clean up, Nina," said Tia Juanita. "Let's put the dirty clothes in the basket and take all the dishes back into the kitchen." Nina carefully placed most of the clothes in the correct basket before she curled up with her blankie for a nap!

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