Sorting out the Differences

Gather 70-80 small items (ten each), examples are pom-poms, paper clips, small rocks, beads, etc. and place them into a large gallon-sized baggie. Create a grid with at least 8 sections (that will fit inside the baggie). Allow your child to sort the items by shape, color, type, size onto the grid and/or provide 7-8 small plastic cups to be used for sorting.

This game is designed for children 3 and older and should always be supervised by an adult.

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4 to 5 Year Personal Visit February 2010

Four to Five Year Olds

February 2010

Say Hello to a Childhood Favorite…

“Corduroy” by Don Freeman

Synopsis: This is a story about a special friendship between a teddy bear named Corduroy and a little girl named Lisa. While Corduroy is searching for his lost button in the department store he comes across many things that he thinks he would like to have. However, when Lisa buys Corduroy, he finds what he really wants, which is a home. and a friend.

I will read Corduroy using story props.

Social/Emotional

Friendship – Corduroy is looking for a friend. He finds a good friend in Lisa. We will be talking about friendship and what makes a good friend. I will ask your child to name at least one friend that he/she plays with.

Science

Homes and Habitats – Corduroy finds a friend and a home. We will talk about what makes a family and a home and learn some simple Bear Facts by making a mini book.

Social Studies

Saving – Lisa sees Corduroy in a department store and wants to have him. Her mother tells her, “Not today, I’ve already spent too much”.  Lisa quietly goes home, but later the story says she checks her piggy bank and finds she has enough money to buy him. After asking her mother’s permission, she uses her money, returns to the store and purchases him. We will discuss what a piggy bank is,  talk about saving and make a simple piggy bank together.

Art

Drama – Act out action scenes in the story:

  • looking

  • climbing down

  • tugging

  • flying off the bed

  • running

  • sewing

  • hugging

Math

We will read “Corduroy’s Day” (a counting book) before doing math activities.

He/she will do one or more of the following depending on time, skill and age level

Counting – Count number of beds and lamps on page 14 and 15.

Button Math Box

Sorting – Sort buttons by color, number of holes, size, shape, etc.

Patterns – Complete patterns using button math box game.

Sequencing – Put lamps in order from smallest to largest.

Literature

Re-defining a story – I will tell a story using Corduroy as a pattern.  Perhaps there is a boy who has been wanting an animal or a fire truck, etc.  He is told he cannot have it.  He asks later if he can buy it for himself, etc.   Your child will be intrigued with hearing the same type of story but with a different characters and possible outcome.  He may want to make up an ending for the story himself!

These types of interaction are valuable as creative thinking skills and learning to love stories and story telling.

Re-telling a story – If time permits, I will allow the child to use “Corduroy character story props” to re-tell the story.