Part to Whole Relationships
Pretty much everything in the world is made up of smaller bits.Â So for every WHOLE, it has a number of PARTS.Â This relationship can be very helpful when teaching your child to new vocabulary.Â For example, a tree is not JUST a tree.Â A tree has branches, a trunk, bark, twigs, leaves, roots, etc.Â So when you are teaching your child vocabulary, consider not just labelling the items, but pointing out and naming the parts of that item as well.
To give their grammar a boost, you could say, for example, â€œThereâ€™s your chair.Â It has legs (point), and arm rests (point), a seat (point), and a back (point).Â Look!Â I found the seat of the chair!Â And here is the leg of the chair!â€
- Arts and crafts are a GREAT way of teaching part to whole relationships.Â If you can BUILD an item, then you can understand its parts much better.
- Go on a nature walk and collect bits of a tree, then use it to paste together a new tree.Â Maybe you found pine needles and pine cones?Â So you can make a pine tree!
- Use Legos to create a house with a floor, walls, windows, roof, etc.Â You can even make the individual rooms.
- Mr. Potato head is a part to whole relationship game in itself!Â This game creates the perfect opportunity for using more advanced grammar:Â â€œCan you find the NOSE of the potato?â€ (I bet you never thought youâ€™d say that!)
- The childâ€™s game Cootie (which can be found on Amazon.com) has a built in part to whole relationship aspect to the game.Â Take turns creating a â€˜cootieâ€™ by building its body, head, antennae, tongue and legs.
- Craft sticks are getting easier and easier to find.Â In Dublin, Mr. Price has them by the bagful.Â You can create anything with craft sticks!Â A table a chairs for your toy soldiers?Â A boat for your Barbie?Â And everything you make is made up of parts to name!
Get your child cooking with you!Â Is it big sisterâ€™s birthday?Â Well, thereâ€™s the icing on the cake, the layers of the cake, the candles on the cake, the sprinkles on the cakeâ€¦
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