Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pot of Gold Coin Sort: Mathematically Speaking Mondays

We've been spending a lot of time with sorting and creating patterns lately. It's something that has definitely interested Logan. Another thing that interests Logan lately is money! To celebrate St. Patrick's Day last week, we did a lot of rainbow activities. The culminating activity was finding a pot of gold at the end of our rainbow.
I put rainbow yarn through the house. The boys followed it to find a pot of gold ( or pennies and quarters).

Then we sorted our pennies and quarters and created AB patterns (quarter, penny, quarter, penny).

I've written how sorting and patterning helps children work with flexibility and transfer knowledge. Organizing patterns also helps little brains that are learning to read! When the child organizes a pattern from left to right, they begin to see the left to right movement of text. When a child can point to one object at a time as he moves across a line, he begins to grasp the fine motor and visual skills to track print.
Of course, the best way to learn concepts about print is to read, read, read and any child who is able to share a book with someone who loves them is LUCKY! No pot of gold required.
Here's Where I am sharing:
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5 comments:

  1. We have been working on play dough patterns here, but coins would be a great change of pace. Thanks for the great idea!

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  2. We have been working on play dough patterns here, but coins would be a great change of pace. Thanks for the great idea!

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  3. I bet following that rainbow yarn was so much fun. I wanted to do something like this for St. Patrick's Day, too, but was thinking about crepe paper. Yarn seems much simpler, though...

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  4. Love following the rainbow idea! glad to be a new follower. Feel free to stop by the LilyPad to follow me back!

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  5. What a fun activity! Thanks so much for sharing with Tuesday Tots. I have pinned it, and hope you will show us what you have been up to next week as well!

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