Describing with Relative Positions

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Up, down, beside, below… Your child has many new words to add to her math vocabulary! Help her practice relative positions as you play.

Relative positions are words that describe where objects are in an environment. For example: top, behind, or next to.

Look at the beautiful butterfly! The butterfly flies over the cows.

Here comes the farmer! The farmer parks his tractor in front of the barn.

Meow! Meow! Did you hear that? Who is hiding at the bottom of the silo? The cats are hiding at the bottom of the silo!

The ladybug crawls under the fence.

Can you make the rooster sit on top of the barn? Cock-a-doodle-doooo!

Can you make the caterpillar crawl up and down the tree? Up! Down!

Here comes a rabbit! The rabbit hops next to the tree.

Have you seen any sheep? Where did all the sheep go? I found the sheep! The sheep are hiding behind the silo!

These are the relative positions your child will learn in Pre-K. In Kindergarten, your child will add above, below, and beside to their math vocabulary.

Some of these are tricky to remember, so keep practicing! Relative positions are fun to practice as you play.

 

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Common Core Standards

Geometry: Identify and describe shapes.

(PK.G.1) Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to.

(K.G.1) Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

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