Pete the Cat and His Four
Pete keeps losing his buttons one by one, but does Pete get upset? No way!
Activities to Do Together:
As Pete loses each button, ask your child to count how many are left.
Practice reading the equations with your child.
Talk about the equal sign as being the balance point in the equation; what is on one side of the equal sign has the same value as what is on the other side of the equal sign.
Practice a “count down”! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, …
What would you do if the buttons on your shirt started popping off?
How is subtracting one like a count down?
In what other situation would you count backwards or subtract one at a time?
Use big buttons to follow along with the story, taking one away as Pete loses each button. Ask How many are left now?
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:
four, one, three, two