So in math yesterday we started a basic introduction into geometric shapes. I love the way Shiller Math introduces new concepts – it’s basically play with no purposeful learning, but allows for a gentle introduction of the topic. Here’s Becca playing with her shapes, building whatever she wanted to with them:
I have been cleaning out toys and books and various items, getting rid of a ton of stuff, essentially making room in the toy box for the toys that the girls actually play with! (I am always amazed when I do this at how much junk needs to just be thrown away!)
In doing so, I found this set of frogs and logs. They had come with a book, too, but I pitched the book because I’ll never use it. But then I let Becca loose on the frogs – I think we’re still practicing our shapes!
Lastly, I found this book: Fold and Cut Stories by Jerry Mallett and Timothy Ervin. We grabbed a few pieces of paper and read a few stories: (FWI, you’re looking at a snowflake, a turtle, a lighthouse, a pair of scissors, and a butterfly)
As a side note, to any other parents who feel a bit overrun with toys and children who are not playing contentedly with the masses of toys they have, try tossing half of them! Ok, maybe not half, I got rid of probably 1/3 of what they had available to them. Once I got started, I was impressed at the number of toys that were broken, pieces missing, not age appropriate, or otherwise unwanted. Even Becca was able to get involved this time, choosing toys she doesn’t like/want anymore to let other kids have to play with. And now? I get to enjoy hours of contented play! (and the toys all fit comfortably in the toy box now too! Yay for a clean room at bedtime!)
Tags: Crafts, Math, organization, play
Filed under: Math, Organization