Lapsit Storytime – Thursday, October 2 – Shapes All Around

Circles.  Squares.  Triangles.

As a parent, we celebrate the first time our little one points to a cookie and says “circle.”  Being able to identify shapes is an important skill for little ones.  But why?

  • Vocabulary – in order to learn a new word, it must be taught.  Teaching children the names of shapes improves their vocabulary.
  • Pre-Math Skills – Your baby may not be ready for high school Geometry right now, but he’s already working on the problem solving skills he’ll use when he’s older.  By identifying a circle as the round shape, and the square as one with straight lines, your baby is starting to sort items into groups.  Today your baby knows what a circle is, and tomorrow she may discover that a square block doesn’t fit in the round hole.  This is math!
  • Pre-Reading Skills – Identifying a square isn’t all that different from understanding that a “C” is different from an “O.”  By learning to identify basic shapes, you are paving the way for your baby to learn 26 very important shapes in the future!
  • Real-World Connections – It’s pretty easy to identify a circle drawn on a paper, but making real-world connections is even more exciting.  A doughnut is a circle.  A car’s tire is a circle.  Doughnuts and tires are alike!  When baby can extend her knowledge to the real world, even more connections are made.  This is higher-level thinking at it’s best!

Our books this week:

              

Bounce Rhyme – Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker, up goes you!
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you!

Don’t forget to check Pinterest for lots of extension activities about shapes!

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