As you can see from my last post, the Summer of Socialization, I truly do try to let summer be summer. I am not really about spending our summers doing "school." However, since math is the subject that my daughter (and many children with DS) struggle with, I have tried to make sure we do some math drills. We have done some flash cards and math games to help her remember what math facts she has memorized, but I wanted something more fun. I pulled out our Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome book and found a fun hands on activity titled "Making a Picture Graph." (You can find it in Book 1 on Page 154)
Gess has been pretty good at reading simple graphs, but she hasn't really made one before. So what we did was ask her family members what their favorite flavor of ice cream was, giving them the choices of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I wish I had saved the paper on which she collected the data. When I said I liked chocolate she spelled it "chAcAlAte" (yes, even her A's were capitalized). By the time the last person liked chocolate she was a bit frustrated trying to get the spelling right!
Anyway, after she gathered the data from both of her parents, her brother, his girlfriend, her grandmother and herself, we began making the chart. First she colored the ice cream cones the appropriate colors, then she cut them out. (The book has the pictures of the ice cream cones to copy on page 342 but you can use any pattern or make your own.)
Then she had to glue them in the correct column.
And there you have it, Gess' first graph! What a great way to make it, on paper with crayons, scissors and glue. She loves hands on activities!
As you can see, chocolate is the favored flavor in my family, what about yours? Why not let your little one have fun finding out? Ice cream flavors sure sounds like summer fun to me!