Please remember that all activities are to INTRODUCE, not MASTER Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Every child moves at their own pace.
Be patient with yourself and your preschooler as you introduce new concepts. Some days they will embrace your ideas, and others, not so much. It is all age appropriate and exploration is the key to success.
In Kindergarten, children will be asked to use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
Observing small stones in and out of glass jars is a great way to discover size and sound.
Allowing Grey to move throughout different size rocks at his own pace gave him the opportunity to discover which rocks fit into the glass jar.
The glass jar also allowed us to begin talking about how sounds are made from vibrations.
Since I was right next to Grey, I felt that the glass jar was safe. Please be close by when making observations with glass.
You can also begin to talk about what sounds you hear as the stones hit the bottom of the jar and make connections to other objects that sound the same.
In Kindergarten, children will be asked to directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Outdoors is a wonderful place for your preschooler to explore this standard.
Together, we found 3 different pinecones and organized them from smallest to biggest.
We continued the observation, by finding more pinecones and placing them with pinecones of similar size.
Talking a walk outside with a scoop and container can begin the exploration of non standard measurement.
This opportunity to play with measurement tools allows your preschoolers to learn concepts such as counting and explore open ended conversations such as, "I wonder how many scoops of water my container will hold." (estimation)
As we explored the outdoors, we stopped when we came across objects that were able to be scooped into the container. My preschooler and I thought about how many scoops it would take to fill the container and tested it out.
Here are some of the items we tested: