Tag Archives: counting

Skip counting or word skipping?

We like games at our house, but there are rules that one has to follow when using them.  And the rules are not just for playing the games (those we actually often modify at will), but there are also rules … Continue reading

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Arithmetic games – is that boring?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats.  I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners.  As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading

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3-digit numbers are tricky! Part II

This is a follow-up post to this one, about introducing 3-digit numbers to kindergartners. I start this lesson by asking the students to come up to the board one by one and write down consecutive numbers starting with 100.  There … Continue reading

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Why not count on our fingers?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. I would love to know the source of the very prevalent idea that counting on your fingers is bad. Our school is currently teaching counting and basic arithmetic using a ruler, i.e., a … Continue reading

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Conservation of fingers and toes

Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading

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Little Kids and Big Numbers: Reading How Many Jelly Beans?

I have noticed on a number of occasions that little kids are fascinated by big numbers.   They like to hear them said, they like to see them written, they like to have them visualized.  So it was not surprising … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Estimation in Kindergarten

One of the games we played in class with the kindergartners consists of two decks of cards.  The game is called Turbo-count and I will write about the it separately, as it is a great one for this age group, … Continue reading

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