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PLANT A TREE

What you need:

– Seeds from grapefruit, orange, lemon or tangerine

– A flower pot

– Soil

 How To:

1. Soak the seeds in water overnight.

2. Fill the flower pot with soil.

3. Plant 3 or 4 seeds about half an inch deep.

4. Keep soil moist. Water once or twice a week.

5. Keep pot in a warm, bright place. The seedlings will sprout in about 8 weeks. Leave only the strongest plant in the pot. It will grow into a little tree with dark, shiny leaves. Young children use all their senses to learn, including touch. The experiences below will help your child get “in touch” with math:

  • Give your youngster a pile of cereal in different shapes and sizes. Ask him/her to sort them into groups. He/she could choose shapes (circles, squares, triangles), colors, or even flavors!
  • Use a variety of objects for counting practice. Try blocks, spoons, or paper plates-almost anything can be counted.
  • Cut different lengths of yarn or ribbon to teach comparison skills. Ask your child which piece is longest. Which one is shortest? Widest? Skinniest?
  • Have your youngster use his hands to measure. Ask him to find objects that are the same length as his index finger, his thumb, and his whole hand.

Diane Hurst, Preschool Director

California State Licensed Early Childhood Instructor with over 30 years experience and Director of Kimber Hills Preschool in Fremont, CA.

 

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