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One of the first classroom skills we teach our children at home is learning to count. We start with counting to 3 then 5 and then 10. Often now school steps in and they start counting to 20 and higher. They start recognising numbers and they start to look at a group of things and see the ‘number’ of them.
Today I’m sharing 5 quick ways you can do at home to help with counting.
1. Read with your children. I know I said read! One of the ways children learn to count is through language and stories. Mikala was able to count to 7 because of a book that we read. She would count the items on the page with her finger. The repetition and familiar story helped to develop her number skills.
Books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, One Woolly Wombat, Five Speckled Frogs or Ten Little Fish.
Mikala reading to her pony.
2. Use your environment – point out 3 cows in a paddock and ask how many. Count the carriages on the train that goes past. If there are lots do it together. Look for numbers in magazines and on signs and ask children to read them. Hayden will tell you how fast you are allowed to travel by reading the speed signs.
3. Play games with your children
. Lots of games use counting to either score or move through the game. They may have to learn to use a dice with dots for numbers, or read the numbers on a playing card. A personal favourite of mine for older children is Numero
. Its a great number card game that changes as you get older. Other favourites are Skippo which counts up to 15 and games like Snakes and Ladders where you roll the dice and move. I wrote a great post which is about playing board games with your children and why its a great idea here
4. Use Technology. We are able to use apps on our phone and iPad’s. (In another post I will suggest some to you), you can get them to help with the microwave, play with a calculator, recognise the numbers on a remote control to change channels. There are many incidental learning opportunities in the home.
5. Use a Counting Chart to practise counting. Following is a printable 1 – 100 counting chart. We have one on the wall to practise counting to 100 for Hayden. He is getting very interested but often gets to 30 and then starts counting by 10′s to 100. So this is a visual help. I have laminated it as we also use a whiteboard marker to find all the numbers that have a particular digit – such as ’6′. Hayden then needs to find them – helps with seeing number patterns too.
One of the other things I have used the chart for is to make a counting puzzle. you can make it as hard or as easy as you would like. Laminating makes them reusable and a bit stronger for little hands.
If you would like to download this number chart please click here.
(I have used the font Victorian Modern Cursive which is what my children are learning in Western Australia)
Finally remember it’s great whatever number your child can count to. It’s also OK to make mistakes. Always keep encouraging them to go a little further. Getting them to count past 10, then 12, then 20, or even to count past 109 is getting them to build on those previous counting skills.
This printable is free for classroom and personal use. Please contact me if you wish to use it for any other purpose. I am happy for you to pin and share as long as you are linking to this post and not the download file. Copyright Annaleis Topham – Teapots and Tractors 2013
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