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Teaching your children to count can actually be one of the easiest educational factors to teach your children, seriously. Perhaps different from what you may have heard, when counting becomes an everyday way of life you’ll find you don’t even have to spend a moment teaching. Sometimes even simple processes can seem complex and frustrating.
Counting is the first math concept that is taught in school, next to number recognition. And this process can begin to be taught as early on as two. It just all depends on how you see every day events at home. With a start like that your child will have no problem walking into Kindergarten being able to count to twenty, whether that be free count or object counting.
Even when your child is a baby you can count fingers and toes while you are bathing them, changing them, or communicating with them. You can also start at this age by introducing fun little counting books.
Your child will pick counting up within weeks and begin counting things just like you. Expose your child to online or printed worksheets that incorporate counting and the counting process. Usually when children are in this age group you don’t want to go beyond 20, as this tends to be confusing for children. Unless your child is advanced in the counting game then you can absolutely introduce the counting of ten’s to your children.
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Normally children learn to count in twos, fives and tens between 1st and 2nd grade, many school districts vary in teaching methods and grades for various subtopics of main topics therefore, this could be off from your district as well. For a fun way of teaching this, you can start with 2…4…6…8 who do we appreciate? (Your child’s name twice) Yeah… (again say your child’s name). Sing in a more rhythmic manner when you are going through the various number patterns. 5…10…15…20…25…30…etc. emphasizing the remainder of the ten’s spots.
You can also introduce the process of counting to 100. When explaining this concept to your children write down the numbers 1 through 9. While you count each number that you write down. Go through the teens, 13, 14, 15, etc., and show them once they get to twenty they just add the number 1-9 to the twenty, 21, 22, 23, 24, etc., once they get to the nines, such as twenty-nine it becomes another set of numbers. The next set of numbers are consecutive to the last set. Sense the last set was twenty the next set is three (thirty) and on and on. While you are explaining about the sets of numbers, count to a hundred pointing to each number for the sets. For example point to the two while you are counting 20-29. Explain it that simple and your kids will get it, that’s simple.
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Worksheets & Games
Online counting games for children
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