Research shows that if you practice 5 minutes of standing in a power pose each day you’ll feel more powerful and more confident. Stand with a wide base, put your hands on your hips and gave into a mirror with a confident look. You can do anything!
Use a box of toothpicks and marshmallows to make 2D and 3D shapes. For every 2D shape, help your child make a matching 3D shape by inserting toothpicks into the marshmallows.
Cut a circle, square and rectangle from paper. Put all three shapes on table along with a tennis ball, die and a shoe box. Help your child match 2D shapes to the 3D shapes.
Have your child go on a scavenger hunt to find examples of a circle, triangle, square and rectangle. Discuss why certain shapes are more efficient than others. For example, why do we have circle tires and not square tires?
This week’s lessons focus on shapes. Shape recognition is important at this age. However, once you notice your child start to identify shapes, don’t assume that teaching is over! Take learning to a new level. Ask your child to compare shapes. How are they similar? How are they different? Draw a square and then ask your child to make it into two triangles. I taught my daughter the difference between a square and a rectangle using graham crackers. She was so busy eating the crackers during the lesson, I figured it went in one ear and out the other. Then one day as we were walking into her preschool building she pointed to the door and said, “See mom, that’s a rectangle, not a square.” She proved me wrong… and I know it won’t be the last time she does that!
Start a History Alphabet Book! Brainstorm historical events for each letter of the alphabet. Discuss and draw a picture for each event. Interview relatives to help with the book.
Look at the American flag with your child. Help them count the stars and stripes. Discuss what they mean (50 stars = 50 states, 13 stripes = 13 original colonies). Have your child draw their own flag to hang up. For an extra challenge, consider what the various colors represent. And take a look at other countries’ flags and do a comparison of the symbols and colors on their flags.