As we start to get going in our school year, I challenge you to not overlook fundamental skills. Many of the fundamental skills overlap. This is awesome news! One set of skills children need for academic success is the ability to observe, match and discriminate. These skills are important across math, science and reading You can help your child develop these skills in fun and exciting ways that are not drill and kill. Children strive for independence so I love Montessori inspired materials which are self-correcting.
I got these 3 part cards from a preschool pack off of 1+1+1=1. These were exactly what I was looking for. We have been revisiting shapes as we get prepared for a year long nature study. I wanted to work on my little guys ability to match shapes and letters. I continue to work with my bigger little guy on matching and discrimination (both visual and auditory- we worked on using the phonemes in the names to match the correct name to the shape card). They both had an awesome time and were sad to see the cards put up. They got a chance to practice the fundamentals skills they need for future success in reading, math, and science all at the same time. This busy mom got a lot off her to do list at one time. Everyone wins.