Monday, September 30, 2013

Button Sort

When children sort/classify they are working on several different skills:
                                                           colors
                                                           observation skills
                                                           descriptive words
                                                           logical/analytical thinking
                                                           relationship between objects

We introduced sorting by providing the children with a container of buttons and the bottom half of a nuts and bolts container (can be found at any hardware store).

We introduced the material and discussed (as a whole group), some of the physical characteristics of the buttons (size, color, texture, buttons with holes, without holes, shiny, dull). Our main objective was to introduce vocabulary. During work centers we observed children creating all kinds of cool sorting groups.
    It's always neat to see children making connections without a lot of teacher direction. Sometimes it's good to put out open ended materials and allow children time to explore.                                          

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