## Important Tips About Preschool Counting That Parents Will Benefit From

**Counting up** from one, and counting an **amount** of objects are not the same.

## I say this, because it is easy to *assume* that just because our preschooler can count 1-20, it means they **understand** 1-20.

*assume*

**understand**

**It does ***not *mean the same thing.

*not*mean the same thing.

**By Kindergarten**, children will be asked to understand that the last number name said tells the number of **objects counted**. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.

## Use this **just** as a benchmark.

**Remember it, and save it **for when your child has confidently mastered counting 1-10.

**Once you are sure they understand the number name and how it relates to the amount, begin to use the numbers out of sequence. **

For me, I know that my preschooler can confidently recall numbers 1-10 and can associate the number name with an amount of objects. I also know that he cannot confidently recall numbers 11-20. So this was a bit of a challenge. Read below to see how I would alter this activity for future use.

## This game focuses on two things:

Identifying numbers 1-20 out of sequence.

Matching the last number of bears counted with the correct number name.

**First,** review the number names that are in front of your preschooler.

**Next,** lift up the bowl and count the bears.

**Finally**, assign the correct number name with the amount of bears under the bowl.

# What I would do differently:

- Less bowls. - After two bowls, Grey was finished.
- Next time I would have the large row of numbers but only one bowl at a time. I would follow Grey's lead as to how many we do in one sitting.
- I would play the first time only with numbers 1-10. This is because I know he understands these numbers well and would gain confidence.
- The revisit would include a mix of 1-10 and 11-20 as seen above.

## Think About It:

What do you know about your preschooler and the numbers they know? Did the information above help you better understand the difference between counting and number association with objects?