Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Learning with Marbles

You know those preschool worksheets. The kind that have children matching household objects with a line or color that specific flower that specific color. They always have an "objective" at the top. "Following directions," or "colors," glorifies the simplistic worksheet.
Little Nephi asked me, again, to build a marble set with him. That's when those objectives hit me.

Preschool Objectives for Building Marble Sets:
spatial reasoning
review colors: red, yellow, blue, and green
position relations: "The green slide goes under the red straight. The blue straight goes between the red slide and the green slide."
following directions: "Put the blue funnel there."
teamwork: "Take turns with your sister."

Conclusion: Parents who play with their children have smarter children.