Discussion in 'Homeschooling' started by Meg2006, Jan 6, 2012.
How did you teach your K how to count to 100, mine can barely count to 20! HELP!!
If your Kindergartener can count to 20, then you are doing fine. Why does he need to count up to 100 right now? Continue working on it and it will come with practice. Some children learn faster than others. Some need more practice.
With that said, Ems and I would use toothpicks. I would drop them on the floor and she would count as she picked them up. When she got to a point that she couldn't count higher, then I would tell her the next number and so forth.
We would also count beans, same idea as above.
Count while jumping, clapping, stomping their foot.
Do they have cars to play with? Start counting the amount of times the car goes around the track.
...and of course they can always write 1, 2, 3 ... While that is useful and necessary to identify the numbers, playing while counting sticks to the brain better and faster. They aren't just seeing it, they are hearing it and applying the numbers.
It will come. We would count everythingand I mean everything! I am kind of tired of it lol. I also used a hundreds chart with bingo dabbers for the kids to recognize the numbers. And I put a number caterpillar I made up to fifty on the wall. It will come in time. Start with being solid to twenty, then fifty. Also teaching them the pattern to numbers so they understand the repetition helps
I used a song to teach them to count by tens after they could count to twenty. It was easy for them to fill in the numbers between the tens once they knew the tens.
I KNOW, I KNOW!!! PICK ME!!! (This is so simple, it's funny!!!).
If you go to this thread: http://www.homeschoolspot.com/showthread.php?t=29393 there's a post I did on how I learned to do it from a "Math Their Way" workshop I took while in the classroom. There's also a picture of Rachael doing it with her younger cousins. I CANNOT tell you how well this "system" works!!! Also, there's another post I did about using the calendar. Another "Math Their Way" idea that is great for K's!
Master counting to 20. Then work on to 30. Once they can count to 30 they start to get the pattern, so then go to 50 and the each decade until 100. It takes a looooong time and a lot of repetition.
There are also some great Youtube counting videos that might help.
Mine counts to 20.
Rylee picked up to 100 by watching Dora with the dogs... they had to count to 100 but they counted by 10s. Once she mastered that then she picked up the numbers in the middle to get her to 100.
Here's the way taught to me by a first-grader: One, two, skip a few, ninety-nine, a hundred! LOL!
I also taught the 10s once they knew up to 20. It was much easier to fill it in if they knew the 10s.
I dont have much of a schedule with my 4 yr old preschooler, we take whatever time we get, in between his older brothers. He does counting every day. I have number cards, and he has to lay them out in order 1-20. Wasnt able to do this in the beginning, but now he can. And then I lay out 3 ir 4 random numbers every day, and he has to make a row of blocks in that amount. I act all silly when he does it right, which is what he LOVES, so he tries hard. And we count to 100 every day, together...he has lots of holes in there still, but we do it together...
Jackie, your idea sounds very promising, I'm going to start that on Monday!
seriously though we did fives, tens then went back to the ones it was much more fun that way!
also there are number pages at donnayoung.org, and at ABCteach that you can fill in the blanks with , you go through with them and count as you fill in the odd spaces, here and there mostly there, then work your way to barely there once every two weeks or so, then you get to all there.
My dh made a penny game up, with a hundred pennies and he made up grid cards with numbers sort of bingo-ish and then would draw a penny and if you had that number you got to put the penny on the card. it was really fun and they learned thier numbers that way quite well.
Ah the early years I really do miss them!
I taught my daughter to 25 after she got to 20 and then she just figured out how to carry on and I taught the tens after that. It took quite a lot of me saying 21 after she got to twenty to get her saying it. I have never asked my child to count objects past thirty yet though as that is just too tedious, but it might help her understand exactly what 50 and 100 mean.
Phillip tried to count "Twenty-nine, twenty-ten, twenty-eleven, twenty-twelve....", which actually makes perfectly good sense to a preschool mind.
I was going to suggest teaching them to count by tens also. That's what helped my ds6.
Do you do the calendar every day? Start at one and count up to today's date. The repetition of doing that every day will help too.
We're currently using CLE's My Counting Book, which is intended for first graders, alongside the math daily lesson. Each page is a grid with 100 (10x10) squares, with a pattern of the numbers already filled in. The object is to write in 10 numbers each day to complete each hundred-grid, until you get to 1000. The child sees the pattern that he makes, each line ending in a 10 number, and each block in between ending with the same digit (like 7, 17, 27, 37, 47, etc.). The daily lesson in the math workbook shows blocks, with ten together in a stick, so many sticks together, and so many single blocks, something like Jackie's counting cups, and you count them each day up to the number of the lesson (which are numbered consecutively through the last day of school). Also, there are "mental math" items to do each day, like count by 1, by 2, by 5, by 10 up to a certain number (not all those each day, just a couple of them). Of course, as I said, these are intended for first graders.
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