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Math concepts are used in all areas of learning. The ability to count aloud (rote counting) is different from counting objects. As young children learn to connect a number with the quantity they count, they prepare to add and subtract with meaning.

Numbers & Shapes: Activity 1

Benefits for Your Child:

  • Helps identify quantity
  • Builds foundation of pattern in numbers

Math concepts are used in all areas of learning. The ability to count aloud (rote counting) is different from counting objects. Rote counting is reciting the sequence of numbers. Counting objects requires children to develop the ability to match a number to an object, counting each item only once. As young children learn to connect a number with the quantity they count, they prepare to add and subtract with meaning.

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Kindergarten Connection tooltip

In kindergarten, children will be counting orally from 1 to 20 and backward from 10 to 0.

Activity: Roll-A-Die

Roll a die and help your child know what number is represented on the die. Together, find items in your home that are that exact quantity. For example, if you roll a one, you can point out your one table, or one stove. If you roll a two, point out two sinks, or two windows, and so on. Take turns rolling the die, finding items, and counting each one as you point them out.

Materials:

  • One die

More Ideas:

  • Gather items that you can stack, such as books, blocks, and cans. Roll a die and help your child stack that number of items. Count together as each new item is added.
  • To challenge your child, have him/her count the total number of items after each turn.
  • Count steps or stairs as you walk.
  • Count the number of spoons when you set the table.

Tips:

  • If your child can count items to six, add another die.
  • Make a die using numbers instead of dots. Write the numbers on a sticker or tape and cover the dots on the die.
  • Make unconventional arrangements of numbers of dots or objects so children learn that the number refers to the value and not just the arrangement of dots.

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Books: 1, 2, 3

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang. Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby.

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno. This counting book depicts the growth in a village during twelve months.

Ten Sly Piranhas by William Wise. A school of ten sly piranhas gradually dwindles as they eat each other.

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