If we have one main educational philosophy here at Still Playing School it is that you can use your child's interests to plan play based activities while introducing academic concepts. This early math lesson evolved naturally from our toddler's interest in Thomas the train!
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We gathered all of the trains that had smaller counterparts. E was just as interested as D was in this math invitation. First they categorized the groups by type of train. Here is a whole family of Percys!
Discriminating between alike and different comes developmentally first before sorting by size. Toddler D was able to put all the same trains together.
Categorizing by size is the next early mathematical concept. We used the words small, medium, large and comparisons such as bigger and biggest while playing.
"Can you put the small Thomas beside the big and medium Thomas?" We were introducing positional words, too. We regrouped by size this time. All the large trains were together, then medium, and small.
The lesson ended abruptly when Dadda James plummeted to the ground beneath our deck. Homeschool preschool lessons are inviting, engaging, and unpredictable! No trains were harmed in this lesson plan.
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