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Soccer Helps Kids Learn About Opposites

Learning about opposites is quite complicated for young children and needs lots of experiences; soccer can help. The excitement and involvement can help kids with opposites as they watch and play. Some soccer opposites are up-down, in-out, win-lose, happy-sad, big-little, close-far, fast-slow, and these are only a few.

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Opposites: big-little…photo courtesy of Patrick B.

In a soccer game, most of the time players are up, but sometimes they fall down. The soccer ball is usually down on the ground but sometimes it’s up in the air. Up-down are fairly easy to figure out, but other pairs, such as fast-slow are much more difficult. Even though the players are running back and forth across the field, grownups might say that a game is slow. The soccer ball is pretty little but when it goes in the net, it could be a big score. No wonder learning opposites can be challenging.

Opposites are not easy to get right, but they are an important language and thinking skill. Some of them are easy to learn, like still and moving, and some are much harder. Opposites are not just all of one thing or all of another, it often depends on what objects are being compared. Is a running player slow or is it just that the ball is really fast? Kids need to compare two ideas or things in relation to each other. This takes considerable thinking. Lots of opportunities and a variety of experiences will help.

For a play-of-the-day, whatever your child is doing, take advantage of any possibilities to use some opposites. Still and moving are not a possibility; kids are rarely still, but your child might be building a tower with blocks. It goes up and up and up and then falls down. Toys are a variety of sizes. Are some big and some small? And if you are watching soccer, is the ball going in the net? What other opposites are in play?

Lego and Duplo Help for Learning Opposites

Did you know when kids build with Lego and Duplo they are building brain connections as well towers? As kids play with Lego and Duplo, they are learning some complicated concepts and higher thinking skills that will help develop kindergarten readiness. One challenging concept is that of opposites. Some bricks are big and some areContinue Reading

March Lions and Lambs For Learning Opposites

Where we live the weather is the opposite of what we’d like right now; March is coming in like a lion with one last roar for winter instead of like a warm, wooly spring lamb. Speaking of opposites, these are quite challenging for children to learn and are sometimes used to get an idea ofContinue Reading

Halloween Paper Doll Skeletons and Opposites

Ideas to support learning, fun, and kindergarten readiness can be like ghosts: they just appear out of thin air. Well, in this case it wasn’t out of thin air, it was out of paper and crayons. Last week, Big Sister made some paper doll mummies using white paper and a black pen. This time weContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness #8

Playgrounds are great places for fun and learning that will support children’s development, and kindergarten readiness, sometimes in unexpected ways. One of these is learning about opposites. Figuring out opposites can be challenging. Usually, opposites are all of one thing or another, such as up/down, open/close, or empty/full. This kind is easier to learn. OppositesContinue Reading

Some Handy Ideas for Kindergarten Readiness: Opposites

This kindergarten readiness learning idea about hands is so obvious I’m surprised I didn’t think of it earlier–opposites. Left and right are opposites. Learning about opposites can be challenging. Opposites that are usually all of one thing or the other such as empty/full, hot/cold, or up/down are fairly easy to learn. But others, like big/littleContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Learning With Dr. Seuss, #7

What can your feet do? Check out The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites. Opposites are not easy to get right, but they are an important language and thinking skill. They require brain connections not just for the meaning of each word or concept, but linking of one idea and it’s opposite. Some opposites are easyContinue Reading

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