In Objective 2: Counting 1 – 30, your child learned how to skip count. In this section, your child will continue practicing skip counting to improve her speed and accuracy. In addition, puzzles will be introduced. Puzzles encourage children to discover patterns, think analytically, and devise strategies to put pieces together.
Number sequencing is a fundamental concept necessary for understanding addition and subtraction. The majority of this section emphasizes number sequencing to prepare your child for basic addition, which is two sections away. Below are a series of games to teach these new concepts and reinforce counting and numeral recognition skills your child learned in previous lessons. Remember to repeat the games regularly and frequently to help your child master the material.
If your child has difficulty completing the Intermediate Number Board, then do not start this Objective. Review Objective 2: Counting 1 – 30 for a couple of more weeks. Your child should be very comfortable counting and recognizing numerals up to 30 before attempting the following games. Occasionally, play Count, Stomp, Clap from Objective 2 to supplement the activities in this section so your child can continue practicing skip counting.
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 30.
3. Counting 1 – 50 Activities
- MS1: Fifty Puzzle – Practices number sequencing, counting, and recognizing numerals from 1 to 50. It also builds problem-solving and cognitive skills by teaching children to develop strategies to assemble each piece correctly, one at a time.
- MS2: Hot Potato – Practices mental counting from 1 to 50 while also increasing the speed with which your child can recite numbers in a sequence.
- MS3: Number Bingo: Intermediate – 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.
- MS4: Number Board: Advanced – 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).
- MS5: Color Board: Intermediate – Gives your child additional practice counting and recognizing numerals from 1 to 50. It also builds skills necessary for basic addition by continuing counting from various numbers on the number line.
- MS6: Musical Stars: Advanced – Practices recognizing numerals from 1 to 50.