Young children experience a great sense of accomplishment when they learn how to distinguish between different items. By noting their similarities and differences, they are building a foundation for more complex mathematical thinking. Using picture diagrams, we practiced sorting and counting some of our favorite legumes!
When children participate in the kitchen, they are learning important life skills. With specific direction, they can create several tasty dishes, and enjoy the sense of autonomy that is fostered as a result. These kinds of activities provide endless opportunities for building self-esteem and increasing vocabulary! For this particular activity, we made sandwiches with the assistance of a picture diagram as we learned about the word delicatessen.