Package 1-2 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Counting with understanding

Counting involves more than just saying the number words. Children also need to be able to match the words they say when they count to the symbols and the quantity (the amount).

Week 2 - Package 2 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Counting with understanding

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete these tasks.

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Information about counting with understanding - Video


1 set of number cards (0-12)

Use sticky notes or Uno cards to make your own number cards

Pegs

Paper clips


Why is this activity important?

Counting involves more than just saying the number words. Children also need to be able to match the words they say when they count to the symbols and the quantity (the amount).

Before you start

What your child needs to know and do

This task is easily adaptable and your child can bring to it whatever they know about numbers and counting.

What to do next

Students can also view the videos on their own. Where possible, view the first and last minute with them so you can help them get started.

If you like, you're welcome to sit with your child as they watch the videos. You can talk with them about their thinking. You can also have them work with another person at home.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Watch video again. Your child may simply need another opportunity to think about these mathematical ideas.

Work with numbers in their range, for example, numbers 1-5.

Change the number you explore. For example, Work with numbers up to 12 or 30 or beyond.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • You can help you child by:

    • Giving them thinking time

    • Using statements and questions like:

      • Can you tell me more about what you’re thinking?

      • That reminds me of what you were thinking about yesterday when you...

      • I think I noticed a pattern...

Extension/Additional activity

Play Snakes and Ladders or another board game you have at home.


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