St. Patrick’s Day Fun - Spatial Relationship Concepts.
Where’s Liam the Leprechaun?Find him on large picture cards, playing cards, and play mats. Understanding positional words is an important foundational skill for both language and mathematical understanding. These pages include 8 color large picture cards (repeated in black and white), 9 color and 9 black/white small picture cards, and 4 playdough mats which illustrate the following spatial relationships. The cards are not labeled with the positional word pairs in order to give you more flexibility in their use. above / below in (inside) / out (outside) behind / in front of on (on top of) / under next to (beside) between (in the middle) before / after to the left / to the right heavier / lighter shorter / longer
The large cards (1/2 sheet) are appropriate for use in a small group. The small playing card sized ones are great for partners, while the play mats can be used in large group or for individual use with playdough and small manipulatives.
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An experienced teacher of 30+ years, I'm pleased to be here among so many talented teacherpreneurs. For the past 12 years I have taught 3 to 5 year-olds in a Developmental Preschool classroom in an IL public school. Previously I taught general education students in grades 2, 4, 6, and 8. I've also taught students in special education classrooms (self-contained and resource) in grades K-3; 6-8; and high school.
For me, learning is all about making connections to our everyday lives. For the little ones, everything we do has a connection because the world of reading, writing, counting, computing is unfolding each and every day. For the older kids, my favorite question to answer was, "What's this got to do with my life?"
I'm a big picture sort of person by nature, but being a special education teacher has allowed me to hone my skills of task analysis. Enticing kids into stories and activities is my goal - make it fun and include movement! My job as a teacher of little ones with developmental delays permits me to be creative every day.