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How to Teach Your Phone Number

Want to teach your phone number?

Start with this simple and fun phone number activity!

I know the importance of my preschoolers knowing my phone number, and yet I continued to put it off.

Perhaps I was intimidated by the fact they would have to memorize a sequence of numbers, or if I felt like they weren’t ready. I am not sure why I was hesitant to start.

But you know what?

It literally took this introduction, plus a followup simple tactic to make it stick in a matter of days. Here’s what we did.

Hands On Counting Game for Kids

Ready to practice counting? Grab your dot stickers and markers to get started.

We all know that counting is important.

However, what is more important is that children are touching the objects as they count.

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Beth, what does this mean?!

What this means is that we want preschoolers to practice pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

How we do this, is we ask our children to TOUCH THE OBJECT as we COUNT ALOUD. You don’t want to miss this super fun Breakfast Invitation.


Rainbow Valentine Hearts

Ready for a fun Valentine Breakfast Invitation?

Try this Rainbow Valentine Heart activity and create a handful more for classmates!

“Who wants to come play a game with hearts and rainbows?”

Rainbows and hearts. I had them at hello.

Once my boys, 3.5 and 5, heard rainbows and hearts they both came running. Bummer, I thought. I should have made more. Not a bad problem to have because you can whip this up in minutes!

Light the Strand; a fun Winter Breakfast Invitation

Looking for an indoor activity this winter break?

Dot the lights is where it’s at.

We already know that dot stickers make crazy fun Breakfast Invitations.

Spider Webs crawled throughout the 7 continents on Instagram.

Christmas Trees raved on Busy Toddler.

And DIY board game helped keep us all going over Thanksgiving Break.

Bring out the dot sticker packs for the brightest Breakfast Invitation yet!

Gingerbread Man Sticker Match - a fun winter activity

Looking to introduce some key math concepts?

You know me. I am always thinking of ways to introduce those Common Core Math Standards now so when we all enter Kindergarten, it is a lot more head nodding than confusion.

I’ve been there. I’ve taught these standards. I assure you, they move FAST.

Here, I know that Kindergarteners will be asked to understand the terms match and pair. They are also asked to, directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common.

“You have a pair of socks. They are both the same.”

“These two stickers are alike because they both have 2 candy canes and a snowflake.”

“These objects are different because one of them roll and the other will stack. They are not the same.”

We can begin to introduce Kindergarten topics in an age appropriate way that is enjoyable.

Indoor Play Using Washi Tape

Need a quick indoor activity? Try this Breakfast Invitation!

This Breakfast Invitation is super simple to set up that’s packed with a punch of foundational skills.

One of the best ways to learn is through exploration.

Taking pieces, and moving them around for intentional, hands on learning.

This indoor game was great for my five-year-old, and also perfect for my 3.5 year-old.

Different ages, and different personalities will extend in different ways. This is exactly what you are looking for.

Shape Pictures; A fun Math Breakfast Invitation

Shapes; one of the most fun ways to watch your preschooler's development unfold. 

Working with shapes will begin with shape identification, develop into spatial awareness, and continue on to understanding how shapes fit together in our world. 

Why Manipulate Shapes Now? 

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:

  • Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

  • Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

You do not have to master this in Preschool, but this is a FUN way to begin the introduction now. 

Thanksgiving Breakfast Invitation for Kids

Move over spiders. Turkeys are finding their way into our play.

And who doesn’t need some turkey in our lives? Even us vegetarians can make room.

So let’s spice up with this super quick and easy Turkey Trot Breakfast Invitation.

There are SO MANY important math skills being introduced here:

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted.

I know this sounds like a simple concept. But this is something that must be taught and most importantly; practiced.

WHY?

Because number sense difficulty increases rapidly! Spend the first four years on numbers 1-10.

Boost Thinking with Block Play

I am going to ask you to go do something right now. 

 Go around and gather every block you have floating around your home. 

Any color. 

Any size.

Any shape.

Think stacking blocks, lacing beads, and wooden puzzle pieces.

Add them to a basket, and get ready to have some fun with inquiry based learning.

Wait. What is inquiry based learning and why is this important now?

Breakfast Invitation to Begin Counting

Something interesting has happened since my oldest started preschool.

What happened, is that my middle guy (three-years-old) has come out of his shell and is beginning to take risks with his learning at home.

You see, my 4.5-year-old means EVERYTHING to my three-year-old. According to him, he’s the coolest, smartest best friend a brother can have.

But something happens when the two of them are learning together.

My oldest takes the lead and my middle guy follows along not ready to take chances with his learning. He doesn’t want to get it wrong in front of his biggest idol.

So where multi-age learning is important, it is also important for me to check in with my three-year-old and create simple set-ups that we can do together to reinforce some basic skills for Kindergarten Readiness.

Breakfast Invitation for fall

Here's WHY this game is so valuable. 

There is a difference between counting and understanding what the numbers stand for.

COUNTING is one of the first concepts to master. You will notice that your preschooler can count fairly early on and that counting has to do with memorization. 

BUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THIS PICTURE IS QUANTITY. 

QUANTITY is the concept of understanding how many. 

It may also include concepts such as more than, bigger than, less than, and same as. 

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

This visual allows your preschooler to touch the objects as they count and add one more.


Not only will you get a new Breakfast Invitation here, but you will also better understand how to handle when things go a new direction.