Friday, March 4, 2011
I like to keep my mini photo pieces in a coupon organizer ($1 store) and in baggies that list the feature function or class of items to be sorted. I like to hold on to the pieces and offer them to him one at a time and ask him to tact the picture before he sorts it by class. OR I lay 5 or so down on the table and ask him "I wear my _____"? having only one item from that class available. These boards are from Teacher Tools and are both dry erase (sort of (; ) and magnetic. One sid is divided by four sections and the other is open (but in the picture I turned it to three by adding thin red tape. These are wonderfully hand little things! All the pieces are printed on cardstock and laminated with magnetic tape on the back.
Math concepts -tangrams you can have your kiddo put the pieces directly on the page or to make it more of a challenge prop up the book and have them do it on the table in front of it. Again, I made the pieces out of the foam sheets and you could easily add the magnetic tape to the back
Math concepts - beginning tangrams and intro to geometric shapes. Images The first two show the lines whereas the others do not making them much more chalenging.
These were purchased @ a resale shop without the tangram pieces ($13-$25) so I made my own by cutting the shapes of 6 different colored sheets of foam. You could also add a piece of magnetic tape to the backside and stick them on a dry erase board or cookie sheet or even the fridge. This is a great activity and if you make it fun it could easily turn in to a good leisure activity.
We used these years ago to start Connor with simple verticle and horizontal strokes. It was critical that they were simple white backgrounds and with no extra text because it put him into sensory overload and he would wither shut down or tantrum. You can still see evidence of when we tried to use the cheap colored dry erase markers as well.
Hint: black ink dry erase pens usually work fairly well but if you are using an off brand it's usually best to stay away from the colors (especially red and green). You can always test it too on the backside of the worksheet/workbook and let it sit there over night.