Three Principles of How To Count
The "How To's" of Counting
Now that we covered what to count (real, tangible objects!), let’s get into how to count them! The following three principles set the foundation for effective and strong counting skills:
𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓: this is when your keiki can count in sequential order consistently. Keiki who are still learning this skill may jump or skip numbers when counting.
𝑶𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆: this is when your keiki can count one object per one number word. This requires that both their motor movements (pointing to/moving objects) and their speech are in sync. Keiki who haven’t mastered one to one correspondence will count one object more than once or skip an object all together.
𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚: this is the understanding that the last number your keiki counts is the total amount of items in the set. This helps keiki with later math skills like comparison.
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