Count Anything. Here's Why.
By Kindergarten, children must demonstrate when counting objects, that they say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
This is called rational counting. Rational counting is when objects or events are matched up with a number name. This helps build the concept of quantity.
So go ahead and count. Count anything. And as you count, touch the object to match the item with its number name.
Things to keep in mind:
Try to count things that are mostly the same.
Try to count big things and compare the same number with little things.
Use everyday opportunities to find items to count.
So go ahead, and count everything. Remember to touch as you count to practice rational counting.
What's your favorite item to count? I love to hear from you!