– Letter names – Letter sounds – Number names – Try having them catch fish in alphabetical order ( A, B, C, D…) – Or number order (1, 2, 3…) and (10, 9, 8…) – Counting how many fish they caught after identifying the letters
– Letter groups ( “Catch all the letters that can make the ‘Kuh’ sound,” like C, K, and Q ) – Patterns (number, letter, number, letter; or even, even, odd, odd…) – Equations ( “Catch the fish that is 5 + 2;” or “Catch the fish that is 3 less than 7” ) – Skip counting (2, 4, 6, 8… or 4, 8, 12, 16…) – Catching many fish to make a big number (if they catch 2, 7, 3, and 9, they will tell you the number ‘two thousand, seven hundred thirty-nine) -Spelling words by catching each letter (you may need to make more letter fish for this)
Tip: Looking at school-aged children’s homework or take-home folders might help you decide what to practice. If you aren’t sure, a great way to find out is to talk to their teacher! Call, email, or visit teachers to get the best recommendations!
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Make playdough using ingredients you might already have around the kitchen- Sarahi will teach you how!
Gather the following materials:
2 Heaping Tablespoons Flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
1 Tablespoon Warm Water
Food Coloring (optional)
Tablespoon (any spoon will do)
1. In a bowl, mix warm water with cooking oil (wet ingredients). Then, add the flour and salt (dry ingredients).
? Ask children: Is the flour and salt dry or wet? What about the oil and water?
2. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together with your hands until it looks and feels like play-dough.
? As a challenge, ask children: does this feel wet or dry to you?
3. If the kids think the dough is too wet and sticky, try saying: “Oh no! Should we add more flour or more water to make it more dry?” Slowly sprinkle more flour into the dough until it feels like play-dough.
Or, if the kids think the mixture is dry and crumbly, try saying: “Oh no! Should we add more flour or water to make it stickier?” Add just a few drops of water at a time until the dough is smooth.
4. To add color, squeeze a few drops of food coloring into the dough. This is a great opportunity to learn about color: point at different food coloring tubes and ask the kids to name the colors.
For a mini science experiment, mix two primary color food coloring dyes (red, yellow, and blue) and have your kids name the colors you made together.
5. Keep the dough in a sealed container to use over and over again!