The next

step in the thinking process is being able to name something these familiar things have in common. This is an

early lesson in grouping and classifying.

Grouping is finding similarities between objects and putting them in “families.” Classifying is deciding which objects should go into which groups. Grouping and classifying help with many school subjects, especially science.

Practice with a “name something” game. This is fun to do with your child while you are in the car, waiting in a line, or out on a walk.

Pick a characteristic and ask your child to “name something” that fits. For example, “name something that grows.” Encourage your child to give as many different answers as she can. Later you can get more specific. “Name something that grows in the ground.”

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