Learning Left and Right

We have about thirty days until kindergarten begins!

Because I have been saying to myself that I will home school my little one over the Summer and Summer is almost over, I decided to finally get started.

I previously gave my little one an assessment from the K12 website. I used the “Semester 1: Assessment 1” test. This helped me have an idea of where we need to focus.

I decided to start with learning left and right.

This focuses on the Oregon 2007 Content Standard “K.2.3 Use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to describe and model objects in their environment, and to construct more complex shapes. (IXL)

or

the 2010 Oregon Common Core State Standards K.G.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to. (IXL)

We began with a quick overview of left and right with our hands. I explained that our left hands make an “L” when we hold it up in front of us and put our thumb straight out to the side. This may take a bit of practice to identify if your child is still learning to write their letters in the correct direction (which mine is).

I quickly quizzed my child on which hand was the left hand and which was the right. Correcting, modeling, and giving positive encouragement each time.

We then played “Simon Says” using left and right directions. Toward the end of the game I made it more difficult by having the left hand touch the right ear and the right hand touch the left ear at the same time. This elicited some giggles as arms crossed over the face.

Next, we worked on some worksheets I printed off from Kids Learning Station. We did one identifying which animal was on the right and left and another worksheet that asked which way the animal faced.

Tomorrow, we will watch some videos I discovered on the Inspired by Kindergarten blog. One is called “Left and Right Machine – The Robot Song” and the other is called “Twist – Right and Left, Action Song for Children.” We will also trace our right and left hands to play a version of the counter game featured on the Inspired by Kindergarten blog. I will write more about that adventure tomorrow.

Hasta Manana

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