What You Need to Know About Counting, and How These Numbers Will Help
Right now, Grey is really into numbers. He is counting all of the time. This tells me that I should find ways to continue his interest and exploration with numbers.
Keep In Mind
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.
You can find another count to touch activity here.
So, Take the Numbers Everywhere.
I found these wooden numbers from IKEA. Like the letter tiles, I am not sure who likes them more, him or me.
Go Ahead and Count.
Count Anything. Count Everything.
And as you count, touch the object to match the item with its number name, and assign the final amount to the number of objects.
Here are just a few of the items we counted throughout the day:
Another Option is to have your preschooler use the numbers to count up.
Remember, preschoolers learn when they are ready. The trick is to have objects such as these numbers around for your preschooler to manipulate and play with. When they begin to show interest, run with it! If they get upset or angry, put it away. Find what is currently peeking your preschooler's interest and engage!