Some days I set up a little table and chair and present or review a Pre-school concept in a formal teaching style. Surprisingly, my daughter likes this, and usually plays “school” with her stuffed animals when we are finished. Sometimes we do it on our own and sometimes with one of her friends. It is valuable for toddlers to learn how to sit and pay attention even if for just a short time. To review size comparison words, (a Math readiness skill) I gathered up three items of the same type in small, medium and large sizes from around the house. As I presented the items we repeated together which of them were small, medium and large, and we would talk about why. “The medium ball is larger than the small ball. The medium ball is also smaller than the large ball..etc” I tried to get her to use the words “compare” and “size”. She seemed to enjoy seeing her toys up there center-stage.
After this little demonstration we read The Three Snow Bears by the very talented Jan Brett, which I checked out from the local library. This twist on the classic tale of Goldilocks and the three bears employees plenty of size comparison words and stars an Inuit girl who stumbles upon a bear family’s igloo-home while searching for her lost team of huskies. The Arctic illustrations are beautiful and refreshingly unique.
We usually finish off with one or more worksheets about the concept, which for today were size comparison worksheets. Please email me your lesson plans for Pre-school aged children at email@example.com — because this blog is all about sharing ideas : )