$3 Count to Touch; The What and The How
Count to Touch. Here is What it is:
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.
And Here is How We Can Practice it:
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Begin by touching the dots as you count. Ask, "Which number do we need?"
TIP - I only put out numbers 1-5 for the first row of counting. Numbers 6-10 came out once we were ready to count them. It is important to keep this fun and not overwhelming. You may need to take out 2 numbers at a time. Do what works best for your preschooler.
Keep consistent when drawing the dots to count. Line up your top and bottom dots with rows of five. This will show the concept of one more. It will also allow your preschooler to explore the relationships between quantities such as more, less, and the same.
When you are finished, post your number poster at eye-level. This will encourage revisiting the activity and touching the dots and numbers.
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