Concept Group 5

This week we decided to tackle “left” and “right”.  This is a very difficult concept for 5 year olds, so we usually have several activities that go over it in the course of the year.  We start the activity by having children raise their right hand and then their left.  Funny how watching the person across the table from you just doesn’t work.   We also talk about some other cues people use like they write with their right hand and your left hand makes a natural L with your thumb and pointer finger.   As an adult you have to refrain from saying “Your right!” when they lift their left, which just adds to the confusion.

This activity uses the game of  “Blockhead”.   It’s listed on the vocabulary page as “Stacking Blocks“.  It involves spinning a spinner which tells you which hand you can pick up a block and then place on top of a growing tower of blocks in the center of the table.  If the blocks fall they are placed back into the box. 

 There is a friendly competition between table groups to see who can build the tallest tower and use all their blocks.  A couple of tables had natural born leaders who talked to their peers on the best block placements.  Other table groups were not so fortunate and had difficulty keeping their hands from the tower or taking appropriate turns.  A good introduction to team work.  In any case it was a learning experience beyond the concept words.

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