Which Number Comes After Three?

One of our goals this summer is to work on counting, numbers and shapes. And here’s the truth about journalists… at least in TV News… Great with words. Numbers, not so much. So, as a former reporter, I really have to focus on making numbers a bigger part of our conversation and summer exploration. I mean he can easily count to three, only because it’s the foundation of my discipline. “I’m going to count to three and if I get to three, you will have a time out.”

In fact my dad randomly asked Crowley which number comes after three and he said, “Time Out!”

Oh Yes, a shining moment, it was not. Luckily, we weren’t in the pediatrician’s office!

While those first three numbers will remain “special” in our house, our ocean and beach mural provides us a great opportunity for counting much higher!

Crowley and I are using small pasta shells as the sea shells for our beach.

First step, Mom writes each number 0-10 on the beach with glitter glue to spice up our sand.

Then Crowley counts out the number of shells needed for each numeral and glues them around each number.

We also created an octopus. Crowley painted half a paper plate for the head. Then following my lines, he cut long strips of construction paper that we glued together to make even longer strips for octopus arms/legs. I accordion folded them for him. We attached the long arms to the plate. Then we added a shape to the bottom of each arm. On the shape we numbered each tentacle.

This was great fun! It hangs from a ceiling fan and has become a favorite for eliciting giggles from Baby Quinn!

Also, each morning we are working with shapes. We call it our shape challenge.

I give Crowley several shapes and ask him to make them into something specific whether it’s a light house, an anchor, sailboat, etc.

After our shapes come together, we add them to the mural

It gives us a chance to spend more time than normal life allows to consider each shape and how they can be used together to create something entirely different.

Using shapes cut from sand paper can add a great sensory aspect to creating a sand castle!

My Aunt Erwin, who’s spent decades as a preschool educator, says this is helping Crowley develop problem solving skills. I’m very excited about that.

I also think these skills can be used in the foundations of art. It’s easier to draw something complicated if you can break the object down into shapes and smaller steps. Actually, isn’t that a great approach to just about any problem?

Have a great day!


P.S. All this TV news talk reminds me. If you are not watching Aaron Sorkin’s new show ‘The Newsroom,” you are missing out! It’s the first realistic look that I’ve seen (in a long time) at what’s actually happening behind the scenes in a newsroom. Loved it. LOVED it. Sunday night’s HBO or after the fact on Itunes! Disclaimer: Sorkin is not paying me to say this, but he really should.

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