I tried to encourage Jake to do some sorting today. We have used these cards for a couple activities but today my goal was to have him sort them. I started by having the cards in a mixed up pile. The cards can be found here:
Next, I told Jake to spread out the cards and to put all the red ones together, all the yellow ones and all the green apples together. He spread them out and looked at them- it stopped there. So I said, "Hum, I like the green apples I am going to find all the green apples and put them together." I did as I explained and he watched. I then asked him if he saw any red apples? I told him to take all the red apples and put them together like I had done with the red apples.
He understood and successfully sorted the red and yellow apples. We then discussed how the apples were different and how they were the same. I asked him which ones he liked the best and had him tell me the colors of each of the groups of apples. It is important to not just do an activity but discuss it and take it to the next level by talking about details. We will continue to work on sorting this month.