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Letter of the Day– Bb

While it isn’t fresh berry season here in PA, there are lots of berries in the stores. This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to some tasty berries.

If your child enjoyed yesterday’s Jack Hartmann video, here is his letter B video

Printing the letter Bb

Capital B- start at the stop, straight line downnnnn, back to the top, bump to the middle, bump to the bottom

Lowercase b- start at the top, straight line downnnnn, up on the same line half way, bump to the bottom

Today’s activities: Berries!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

Blueberry Mouse

berry survey

Favorite berry survey: Have your child create a survey sheet. Then they can poll family members or even their stuffed animals. Have your child ask the people “Do you prefer strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries?” Then your child will color in the graph accordingly. Children love creating surveys as they get to know new information about people AND practice graphing at the same time. This is a great activity to complete when calling extended family members.

berry patterns

Berry patterns: Have your child draw, or even better use real berries, to create patterns. Have your child name the pattern as they make each pattern. Remind them that a pattern is something that repeats itself.

Make mixed berry sauce– can be made with fresh or frozen berries

Mix Berry Sauce

  • 2 c. mixed berries
  • 1 lemon
  1. put berries into the sauce pan over high
  2. zest and juice the lemon adding both to the pan
  3. once it comes to a boil, reduce the head to low and let the mixture simmer
  4. stir to assist in the breaking down of the berries
  5. remove from the heat and let cool
  6. serve over pancakes, yogurt, ice cream… whatever you want/need a berry sauce
math · STEAM

Monday Math- Candy math

I decide that since it is Easter week we should do a bit of candy math fun. This activity can be done with any type of candy that comes in multiple colors. Don’t want use candy? You can do the same activity with rainbow goldfish, multicolored cereal or any other small items that are various colors, yes even Lego blocks.

M&M

I am using M&Ms because my son had some in his candy bag leftover from Halloween… my kids are weird, yes I know, but hey it is.

You will need 2 sheets paper, crayons, a pencil and whatever you are using to sort/graph.

sorting

First draw circles on the paper and label them with the colors of your candy. Have your child sort the candy by color. Remind them that sorting means to group things by attribute in this case color. (I did not use the whole bag, as I would typically do this with a fun size bag, but only had full size bags)

graphing without lines

On the second sheet of paper, or just on the table, have your child line up the candies into a line graph formation. If this is new to your child, you may want to draw the grid to make it easier. You can also draw the grid if you want your child to record the information with crayons.

Your child needs to line things up side-by-side (which is one-to-one correspondence). This will give a true representation for comparison.

recording graph information

After the graph is complete you now can ask questions to compare. Which color has the most? Which has the least? How many more yellow than blue? How many more oranges do you need to have the same amount as green? How many blue and red together?