You can’t do math unless you can count. Counting is the bedrock that all other mathematical concepts are built on. Children need to know how to count before they can add, subtract, multiply or divide.
Counting appears to be easy and something that is simple for adults to do because they have been doing almost automatically their whole lives but counting can be a hard skill for children to grasp.
Counting refers to knowing what numbers come next in a sequence and children need an abundance of counting experience to become experts.
Moving Past 10 and Counting to 20
At some point most children rote learn the numbers from 1 to 10. They may know the difference between letters and numbers or they may recognise that they have skipped a number, but they don’t understand numbers past 10.
To move beyond rote counting to 10 children need to be given many opportunities to practice counting.
Activities to teach counting to 20
Number cards are a great way to practice counting and can be used in many ways. In the free activity pack I have included a set on number cards to 20 that can be used with the following activities. These worksheets are also included in the pack.
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