Sorting Is Not Just For School

One of the topics that Kindergarten children learn in math is sorting.  They learn to sort by attributes.  When given a quantity of items can the children figure out how to ‘put the ones together that go together.’ This sorting might be done by shape, color, size, characteristics, etc.  A good time and place for 5 year olds to practice sorting at home is when the laundry needs to be folded.  Children as young as Kindergartners can find all of the socks when the laundry is done and sort them.  They can ‘put the ones together that go together.’  They can sort the socks by identical matches; sort the socks by which family member do they belong to, and then sort by size and then color.  5 year olds can do this and like to do this.  Try it.  There are many opportunities around the house for your child to sort if you just look around. He/she could also empty the silverware from the dishwasher and ‘put the ones together that go together.’ By practicing sorting at home, your child’s skill level for sorting and their power of observation will improve greatly.

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