In my most recent post, I mentioned that 98% of Sabrina's homework is the same. Well, last week was the 2%. She had two math worksheets that were both WAY above her level. One because she hadn't learned enough about the subject (graphing) in school yet, and one because, well, the level of thought required to do it went way beyond the skill it was reinforcing.
This second worksheet was about sorting. There are lots of great ways for parents to reinforce lessons about sorting at home. For example, our tub toys are letters, numbers, and shapes, and come in six different colors. We could sort them by any of those categories while in the tub. We could sort laundry (Sabrina's in one pile, mine in another). We could sort all of the goodies that I got for Purim. We could sort her legos. No. We had a worksheet. It had two squares, two circles, and two triangles on it. One of each shape was big, and one of each shape was small. The directions were to sort the shapes into two groups. If you were four, how would you think to sort the shapes? Right, you would want to sort them by shape. But that makes three groups, not two. If the directions said to sort by size, that would be one thing. But I don't think a four year old should be expected to think abstractly enough to figure that out.
Me and my grandson
8 months ago