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## Sorting At Home | PBS KIDS Lab

Invite your child to help with the sorting you do every day during household chores.

### Lesson Summary

#### What's The Point

The purpose of this activity is to help your child notice details, follow simple directions, and sort objects – all important steps toward gathering and understanding information (data collection and analysis).

From the Virtual Pre-K: Ready for Math toolkit.

### Learning Objectives

• Notice differences
• Identify patterns

### Supplies

• None needed

### Book Suggestions

I Spy Numbers

by Jean Marzollo

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

by Ann Morris

### Learning Activities

#### How Do I Do It?

Invite your child to help with the sorting you do every day during household chores.

• Let him/her help separate laundry into light and dark piles for washing.
• Have him/her sort shoes or winter items (e.g., hats, mittens, gloves) by family member.
• Have him/her sort clean silverware into groups (e.g., spoons, forks, knives that are safe for children to handle), count each group, and then help put them away.
• Give him/her a small handful of coins to sort by size or color.

### Culminating Activity

#### Take It Further

Give your child encouraging words and gentle correction as he/she works to build sorting skills. For example: "I can see you're working really hard at this. I'm proud of you!" "Oops, I think a fork made it into the spoon pile. Where should we put it?" "You look a little frustrated. Can we try sorting this together?" Explain to your child how you decide what goes where. For example: "This coin is a penny and it's brown. This coin is a dime and it's smaller and silver. So I'm going to put the brown coins in this pile, and the silver coins in that one."

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