Counting With Pete the Cat
Naptime was sacred time in our household and I must admit I was a bit lost (frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed, frazzled...) when my twins dropped their nap this summer. I am an introvert and need some quiet in the middle of the day to recharge my mama batteries otherwise I am a truly unpleasant person come 5 o'clock. This is a truth that I have come to terms with, so when they dropped nap I started looking for alternatives.
After a few really hard weeks, we fell into the routine of having Quiet Time. I wrote a little about it as part of my Homeschool Preschool schedule and it has continued to be a nice break in our otherwise often loud and always busy days.
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Our Quiet Time usually consists of choices from a shelf that is set aside only for this time of the day. I rotate the materials on this shelf every weekend but they general consist of five things:
Books + Magazine: I put the month's Highlights and Storytime magazines on the shelf along with a few books. These often relate to the current unit we are investigating.
Puzzles: We have a variety of puzzles. Right now this Paw Patrol puzzle pack is the favorite.
Books on Tape: We have a lovely collection of books on CD and a CD player. I put one book and CD on the shelf each week.
Fine Motor and/or Math: Pegs, Lacing Beads, Math Manipulatives, etc.
Journals or Coloring: Journals, Drawing Invitations, Coloring Pages, Markers
Today's simple Quiet Time is a combination of math and literacy learning.
Pete the Cat is beloved in our house. We particularly like this tale of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. The snappy tune and positive attitude are delightful.
In the literacy basket is:
A copy of Pete the Cat and His Four Grovvy Buttons
A large piece of felt (it was simply the largest I had, yellow would have been better to match Pete's shirt)
4 Can Lids (ours are recycled juice can lids) labeled 1-4 with a sharpie
Before I put this on their shelf, we did the activity together.
First, lay out the felt and buttons as pictured above.
Next, as you read the story and the buttons pop off, remove a "button" from your "shirt." We also paused to discuss how many were left.
Simple. Counting using manipulatives. Bringing a story to life a little. Tying words on a page to physical objects. Simple, but meaningful and easily reproduced for any of your favorite stories.
Pete the Cat + His 4 Groovy Buttons (Order Here)
Fabric or Flannel
4 Tin Lids
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