SMALL FRIENDS PRESCHOOL AND CHILDCARE IN MAPLE GROVE
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Numbers

 Our unit for the next week is “Learn Every Day about Numbers.” 

Your child will experiment with numbers and discover the many ways people use numbers in their daily lives. He/she will learn about addition and subtraction. He/she will also learn how to interpret bar graphs. Your child will explore simple addition by adding the fingers on one hand to the fingers on the other hand. He/she will talk about familiar items that come in sets of a certain number, such as hot dogs, socks, and eggs

. In addition, he/she will learn that sets can be created in many different ways. Here are some activities we have planned: 

Art Center: Make ants for use with the “Ants Go Marching” counting song; and create paper plate art in wholes, halves, and quarters by decorating and cutting a paper plate. 

 Dramatic Play Center: Play with stuffed “pets” (dogs, cats, birds); and make a bar graph of favorite types of pets. Home Living Center: Practice one-to-one correspondence by setting the table with one plate, one spoon, and one cup or by making sure that each baby doll has a bottle.  

Literacy Center: Play a simple number-matching card game; trace the numbers with his/her fingers and say the numbers out loud; make number books based on Lois Ehlert’s Pie in the Sky; spell names with letter tiles and compare the lengths of the names; and create a bar graph that represents how many times the teachers read to the children during the day. 

 Music Center: Sort the instruments into sets by their color, size, shape, or type of sound they make; and play musical chairs and discuss how the set of children is always larger than the set of chairs in this game. 

 Discovery Science Center: Count, sort, and compare the items in several collections, such as beans, seeds, and shells; and create a bar graph about whether or not the children like a certain type of drink.

 Math Center: Practice counting the number of objects in collections and compare the collections to each other; and use the ants from the Art Center activity to answer simple addition and subtraction word problems: “If 10 ants march in and 5 ants march out, how many ants are left in?” 

Ways to Connect learning At home 

 •Count things around your house. How many beds? How many cars? How many chairs at the table? 

•Create a collection of favorite toys.

 •Help your child find sets of items in your home, such as utensils, pots and pans, silverware, and dishcloths.

 •Have pizza for dinner and talk about dividing it into halves, then quarters, then eighths. 

•Create a bar graph that represents the colors of your family’s eyes.