Then we glued them onto a long piece of paper.
We put about 5 items on his list and then we took it to the grocery store and he got to purchase those items.
My goals were to have him "write" for an authentic purpose and to be exposed to a new text feature.
Extending the Writing Activity:
- Have your child try to write the names of the foods next to or under the picture. Use simple prompts like, "Let's write the word hotdogs. Say the word slowly. What letter would you expect to see at the beginning of the word hotdog." - You could also clap the parts of the word, work on specific letters that you know the child can control, or work on whatever skill your child needs. This keeps the activity pretty open ended.
- Let your child draw the pictures on the list instead of cutting out pictures. Let him label if that is appropriate for him.
- Writing a list is an important skill for early readers. Often we spend time having first graders write stories or paragaraphs. It's important to expose them to a variety of texts in both reading and writing.
- Create a shopping book similar to this one. Use words and pictures that relate to your child's interests and abilities.
- Create a Grocery Store at Home- allow your child to write signs for the store- either by drawing pictures or writing words.
Extending the Theme:
- Practice math skills by shopping at your home grocery store. We had these mardi gras coins and a laptop cash register.
- Sort cans and lids by size or color. Then match the lids and the cans.
- Match coupons to actual products.
- Sort plastic (or real) food by color or size.
- Add plastic food containers to playdough basket. Show your child how he can make prints out of food containers in the playdough.
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