One activity that is a wonderful math lesson for preschoolers is called "A New Kind of Basket Ball". For this activity, line up five baskets or bins in front of the children and label them with the numbers one through five. These number labels should not only have the written number digit, it should also have dots that represent the corresponding number. Place fifteen balls in front of the children as well. Ask them to put the right amount of balls into each basket; one ball should be in the basket with the number one on it and so on. This activity teaches math appropriately to preschoolers. Children not only need to experience math with concrete objects but also visually and symbolically through abstract activities. The concrete objects in this activity are the balls. The balls represent materials that the children can see and touch and use to visualize and verbalize their thoughts. The number labels on the baskets represent visualization. The children should be given illustrations or pictures that represent the concept you are teaching them. The dot on the number one card, two dots on the number two card, and so on, illustrates each number for the children. The dots also represent the symbol of the numbers they are working with.
Children learn best when they can use a variety of teaching methods and will pick up ideas faster, when they can do something with their hands. That is why completing a worksheet, can actually help a child understand the concept of phonics. Through the completion of activities and worksheets, they can figure out how the whole process of reading works. As you work with your child on worksheets you will see how they may be doing and what stage of reading they are at. If you notice that they seem to be stuck on one particular idea, you will know what it is and be able to help. These sheets are broken down into steps and stages, so you can keep track of progress and skill levels. There will be phonics worksheets appropriate for the age and learning level of your child. Children will feel successful as they finish their sheets and comprehend what they are reading in their books. These worksheets are fun and creative, so your child will not get bored, but will be motivated to do the sheets and look forward to it.