Comparing and Sorting

Comparing and sorting items helps children identify and describe relationships -a skill that's necessary for more complex math learning.

- Sort items such as socks by size and/or color.

-Take loose change and sort the coins into groups (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters).

- To help your child understand descriptive terms such as more, less, bigger, smaller, taller, shorter, same, and different, look for opportunities to compare objects by size, shape, and weight.

For example, when you're at the park, you could ask:

"Which tree is taller?"

"Which rock is heavier?"

"Which bench is longer?"

At home, you might ask:

"Which plate is bigger?" "Which glass has more juice?" "Are there more blue Legos or more yellow Legos?"

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