Why Practice Number Recognition with Your Preschooler?
Can you preschooler count to ten?
Probably so, right?
You are at a good place!
Now let's run with the idea of practicing number automatic recall. (fluency)
By Kindergarten, your children will be asked to:
- Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
- Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way.
Allow your preschooler, to take the time to decompose numbers 1-10.
Allow your preschooler to automatically identify "this is a group of ___________".
There is no need to rush through to 100! There is plenty of time for that.
Number Recognition Activity:
Since it is St. Paddy Day season, I found these great shamrocks at Hobby Lobby. Here is an amazon affiliate link that you can order in time for St. Paddy's Day with your Amazon Prime. Click on the title below to open.
Number Recall (Number Match) Set Up:
Mark the number on one shamrock, and match it with the matching amount of dots on the other shamrock.
We love using baskets. My preschooler enjoys holding each handle as he "hunts". This basket came from Goodwill. If you get a chance, check out their basket aisle. I always find beautiful baskets of all shapes and sizes!
Place your shamrocks into the ground.
My preschooler is not quite 3.5, so I placed the number shamrocks close together to keep him interested. I believe older children would enjoy a hunt a bit larger.
Allow your preschooler to find the number matches.
When your preschooler is no longer interested, guess what?
No problem! Children will slowly gain more and more endurance with thinking and learning with practice. Store the game at their level and allow them to have the ability to take it out to revisit.