I like to take out the macaroni that we dyed together (see last week's post) and ask children how they would like to sort it. Usually I show how to sort by color and then I ask them to think of different ways.
|The child took the curly macaroni in hand.|
|This preschooler used directions words and phrases like "in a line" and "use them all."|
|Notice that the child is still sorting using shape. He is also talking about the idea of "below."|
|Finally, the shell macaroni shapes are added to the sort.|
|The child wanted to make "groups."|
|Notice the idea of numeracy in these groups. One straight macaroni, one curly macaroni, and two shells are used in each group. He described his color choices of as he picked matching shells and yellow curly macaroni.|