Tips for Parents to help their children with Counting

One of the first experiences children have with numbers is 'counting'. Counting starts as learning a pattern of words, just like a nursery rhyme. As children’s counting develops, they begin to relate the words to a quantity or number of things.


However, remembering the words for each number in the correct order is only part of the process of counting. To ‘count’ children need to match saying the number words with the correct number of ‘things’.


Children should be given lots of opportunities to practise and explore counting groups as well as making groups. Children also need to recognise and name numbers.


What parents can do at home

  • Encourage your child to count the number of pegs used to hang out the washing.
  • Count the number of steps from the front door to the letterbox.
  • Count the number of eggs in a carton, and again after some have been removed.
  • Have your child count as far as he or she is able to and then encourage your child to join you while you continue counting.
  • Ask your child to start counting from a number other than one. This will help them when they need to add two groups together and can start counting from the larger group.
  • Ask your child to tell you the number before or after a number. How old will you be next year? How old were you last year?
  • Help your child to remember your phone number and to press the correct buttons on the phone.
  • Look at and say the numbers on license plates and road signs.

Next newsletter we will be identifying how to help your child with Number skills.

Source: Education NSW.


Mrs Pfander
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