What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. Read on to find out how you can practice the "Talk" skill with your child - and learn math the fun way - with a favorite childhood game.
Encourage conversation and practice math skills with this easy I Spy game you can play while running quick errands or on long road trips. Decide together what types of things your child should "be on the look-out for." Assign a point value per item and have him or her keep track of their points. If your child is younger and counting is a fairly new concept, 1 point per item ends with a simple, “So, Skyler, how many points did you earn?” “1-2-3-4. I earned 4 points!”
However, this is an easy game to modify to work for every child by adjusting the point values. If you assign 2 points per item your child will be practicing counting by twos. Make each item worth 5 points and your child is practicing counting by fives. Keep it fun for your child by not making it too difficult. For your older child, who is up for the challenge, assign different point values for different items. Maybe green cars are worth 10 points, red cars are worth 5 points and white cars are worth 1 point. Be sure to talk about why green cars are worth more and white cars are only worth 1 point.
When your child shouts out that they saw something, ask them lots of questions about the item to keep the conversation going. I Spy books are a great way to bring the conversation and the thrill of the search home with you. So keep talking, keep counting and keep it fun!