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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).

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

        Learning Objectives

        This Activity Will Help Your Child

        • Follow simple instructions
        • Notice differences
        • Learn about sorting objects
        • Identify patterns


        • 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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