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Monday, September 10, 2012

Hands on Approach to Counting

Counting and more counting. We have taken a hands on approach to counting to
100. I often find that Spirit can't sit still long enough to get to 100 and often
forgets what number he is on. At the beginning of our study he struggled with it
quite a bit but now we are counting rather smoothly with a few bumps at the
50, 60, 70, number change. I began by writing numbers to 100 on index
cards. So that I could create a number line from various start points. I often will
split the deck and have him try to count from say 53-71. He says the next number in
line before he lays down the next card. You can also play by keeping out a missing
number, name the number and then find it in a small group of choices.

Below is how we began counting. We took all cards 0-100 and layed them in a
line on the rug. Well, it actually curved all around the room since our room wasn't
large enough  it went into other rooms.  After Spirit drove his cars over the numbers
and counted as he went. As the game progressed we tried different ways of laying the
cards with lots of curves, spirals and eventally with various obsticales. When we first
began we only went to 50 but as the week went we drove our way right to 100.
This is a favorite in our house.

Above we crashed into a row of balls and used his bulldozer to
roll them out of the way.

We threw blankets on the floor and created speed bumps,
and trucks blocked the way for a crash collison.  We even
went over large sofa pillows.

We ended this round at 50 parking in are parking garage.

In the weeks that followed we counted by 5's, 10's, and 2's.
I have had to become creative in this endever as well. For the 10's we
do exercises counting by 10's. Jumping Jacks seem to be the favorite.
10, 20, 30, 40, 50. etc.. Hopping, push ups. sit ups, leg lifts, etc...

Counting by 5's I found this awesome video.

Spirit and I dance along with the children. When they start counting we had
to stop moving so he could concentrate but this has become something
all the children love. Even my 12 year old was dancing with us the other day.
Sometimes their dance is creative and doesn't follow the song but who cares
anyway as long as we are learning. We learned the 5s rather quickly but still
have kept this song as part of our morning routine.

Counting by 2's has proved to be a little more difficult for him. We used our
number line from above and our fly Swatter from our literacy boxes to swat
our twos.

Since counting by twos seems to be harder we also sing this video counting to 24.
Might as well start slow and work our way up. We have colored our 100 chart and
done various other activities. I do have some other ideas for counting by 2's coming
up so keep your eyes peeled.

If you have any ideas for counting by 2's, 5's, 10,'s to 100 please share.

Warm blessings,



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