In this section, children will learn how to count to 30, but will also be introduced to skip counting. Skip counting practices grouping objects to count quickly (5, 10, 15, 20 is an example of skip counting by five). This develops fundamental skills needed for addition.
Being able to distinguish numbers from surrounding distractions such as letters, buildings, etc. is a basic skill required for driving, testing, and more. In this section, children will be exposed to situations in which they will have to pick out numerals that aren’t readily visible.
Below are a series of games to teach skip counting, numeral recognition, and counting numbers up to 30. Remember to repeat the games regularly and frequently to help your child master the material.
Learning how to count is a very methodical, orderly process. If children find counting to 10 difficult, then counting to 30 will be impossible. Your child should be very comfortable with the material from Objective 1: Counting 1-10 before trying any of the activities in this section. This section continues practicing recognizing and counting the numbers from 1 to 10, but also introduces numbers 11 to 30. Occasionally, pick one of the last activities from Objective 1 to play as a supplement to the activities in this section.
If your child has trouble completing these activities, do not be concerned. Simply, spend more time playing the activities that practice counting from 1 to 10.
3. Counting 1 – 30 Activities
- ME1: Number Board: Intermediate – Lays the foundation for addition and subtraction. Understanding where a number falls on the number line helps your child understand the sequence of numbers as well as the distance between them (subtraction).
- ME2: Number Bingo: Beginner – Gives your child additional practice recognizing numerals while entertaining her with a child’s favorite game: Bingo. It is a great way to provide extra repetition for children in a large group setting.
- ME3: I Spy – Practices recognizing numerals from 1 to 30. It also practices picking out numerals from surrounding distractions such as letters, buildings, trees, etc.
- ME4: Color Board: Beginner – Gives your child additional practice counting and recognizing numerals from 1 to 30. It also builds skills necessary for basic addition by continuing counting from various numbers on the number line.
- ME5: Count, Stomp, Clap – Teaches children skip counting. Skip counting is counting by twos, fives, tens, etc. which sets the foundation for addition and multiplication.
- ME6: Number Sorting – Practices number sequencing and numeral recognition. Children will learn to instantly recognize which number is larger or smaller and sort accordingly.
- ME7: Musical Stars – Intermediate – Practices recognizing numerals from 1 to 30.
- ME8: Skip Coloring – Practices skip counting by two, five, and ten. Skip counting is a fundamental skill that helps children count groups of objects quickly and learn addition.