I put a handful of hearts in some little bowls, and wrote numbers 0-10 on post-it notes, and made an extra post-it for numbers 2, 3, 4, & 5. Delaney put the numbers in order, and we began.
I could adapt this game in many different ways...for beginning math, we could count the hearts and then find the correct number, add the hearts in the bowls and find the correct post-it answer... Delaney could do subtraction with the post-its, and find the bowl of hearts with the correct answer. Hearts are good for many other graphing and sorting activities too, and there are LOTS of free printable resources online to facilitate these.
Sophie helped a little too, "counting" the hearts.
I did some color sorting with Sophie after Delaney and I finished. I laid out construction paper to match the hearts' colors. First, we reviewed colors, then she matched the hearts to the paper of the same color.
It was the first time that I had tried a structured sorting activity with her, and she needed a bit of help to get started, which Delaney was happy to provide.
|"Here, Sister. What color is this? Now, where do you put it?"|
The post-it addition facts were excellent for helping Delaney learn all of the different ways to add up to a sum. I wanted to find another fun way for her to practice the addition facts other than me asking, "Delaney, what's 4+2" while she colors or eats. (Yesterday, she got tired of me asking her questions and said, "