Counting Books

My previous entry was for older students, so today I’ll offer you ideas for the little ones. Early childhood is typically considered to be when the child is age 0 to 5 (or 6) depending upon which expert that you are listening to. While the exact age span may be in dispute, the fact that the human brain grows as a rapid rate during the early years is well-known. During this period parents anxiously watch for signs that their children are reaching certain developmental milestones. Long before a child can add or subtract they are forming ideas that serve as the foundation for learning math concepts. To support the development of numeracy parents and early grade teachers can expose children to counting books.

Teaching Tip
Young children need many opportunities to count. At home they can be involved in counting everyday objects such as the number of eggs in a carton, setting the dinner table with the correct number of plates, or while helping to straighten the house counting the number of cushions on the sofa. In day-care or pre-kindergarten classes children can count along as the adult distributes snacks or toys. With counting books, the children may not be able to read the text, but you can ask them to re-tell the story from the pictures counting as they revisit the pages.

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