During August, we talked about how we each live in our own home. One of the projects we did was to make a paper bag house or apartment building (depending on where you lived). We then set up a little city with our “homes.” The photos below are from that first project. I am going to revisit this – this time adding their address. Learning our address in one of our state standards.
I like creating the context of an address as a location marker. Making our homes and adding it's “location marker” helps children understand why we have addresses. The first day, I will have them make their homes. The second day, we will set up the mini-city.
I begin by asking, “How can I find your home?” We will brainstorm ways we can locate our homes. It always boils down to the address. I will then give them their address to attach to their homes.
On the third day, I will use these homes as sorting tools. We will sort our homes by the numbers, the letters, the street names – any way we can brainstorm sorting the addresses. This makes learning your address so much more fun!
The fourth day, we will visit the final step – discussing phone numbers. “How can I talk to you at your home from my home?”
We will attach our phone numbers to our homes. And do the sorting process once again.
I will give children the choice to keep their home at school to use in block play for that week. I will post photos after we do this project!