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teaching to count and read the numbers

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PassiveAgressiveQueen Sun 21-Feb-16 00:40:08

My daughter is almost five and can now read the simplest cvc words, but she still can't count to 10 or recognise anY of the numbers over 4.

Now i am not in a terrible panic but i was wondered if there were any good games, as we can carry on counting things but that won't help with the written numbers.
As an example i made a game of tricky word pairs and that really seems to be helping

Believeitornot Sun 21-Feb-16 06:54:49

Isn't her school doing this?

We have posters up at home which helped my two DCs.

Lovelydiscusfish Sun 21-Feb-16 08:05:01

Dd's CM takes her on a "number hunt", which is just basically looking out for examples of numbers you might see when out and about (on houses, road signs etc). This seemed to massively increase my dd's interest in, and ability to identify, numbers.
I'm also, actually, quite a fan of those work books for young children you can get - my dd really enjoys working through them hmm and does appear to get a sense of accomplishment, and they've helped her grow in confidence with numbers, literacy and drawing. I do try to follow her interests with them - for a while she was massively into doing rhyming activities so I found a rhyming work book - currently she's flying through a drawing book. I think some people (my MiL) think it's awful to do work books with such a little child - but I wouldn't do it if dd didn't like it! Honest!

irvine101 Sun 21-Feb-16 10:02:25

White board and magnetic letters and numbers. My ds used to love making up words and big numbers on it.

Also loved to say house numbers and number plates on cars, also used to get really excited to read prices on supermarket shelves.

irvine101 Sun 21-Feb-16 10:07:32

And I agree with Lovelydiscusfish, my ds loved work books, he asked me to buy all that we can get at local shop.

catkind Sun 21-Feb-16 12:37:23

How about getting a big dice with numbers instead of dots and playing games with that? We had one that came with an ELC snakes and ladders but sure ebay or similar would oblige and you could use it for any game.

PassiveAgressiveQueen Sun 21-Feb-16 19:37:23

I have a 10 sided dice that would be better, but love that idea.

Janie32 Mon 22-Feb-16 11:41:00

When my child was in nursery his teacher asked me to do this simple activity with him. You write the numbers on slips of paper, 2 copies of each, and place face up on the table. You then ask can you find a 5, 6 etc? Pick them up as they find them. Then go through, one at a time, asking what they are.
He started school being able to recognise all his numbers to 10. He couldn't recognise any letters starting school as they didn't do it in nursery and I didn't think he was ready so didn't do it at home.

Happymummy007 Mon 22-Feb-16 16:27:15

We did this - two copies of numbers 1-10. Dotted one set around the house, and the other side face down on the floor. DD picks up a number, and then has to identify it, and find it in the house. But ... not allowed to walk to the number. Have to go on your knees, tummy, tiptoes etc. VERY hard work on your knees, but helped identification, especially if you have a 10 second limit (again, counting out loud down from 10).

Chrisinthemorning Mon 22-Feb-16 16:38:29

Tickets game. Flash cards with numbers on. Play we are going on a plane/ train/ bus. Give mummy/ granny/ bear a ticket. What seat number have you given them? Worked with DS.

Readysteadyknit Mon 22-Feb-16 16:38:32

There are lots of fun games that you can buy to support this - number bingo, simple number card games, counting books and stories, number puzzles, playing hopscotch, making numerals out of play dough and decorating them with the correct number of objects, writing numbers in chalk and finding the matching number of stones.

Ferguson Mon 22-Feb-16 19:02:55

But besides recognising the numerals, it is ESSENTIAL the child understands that each numeral represents that number of objects/people/books/sweets/ minutes or whatever.

They need to be able match one-to-one correspondence using REAL items.

Lurkedforever1 Mon 22-Feb-16 19:08:28

Does she understand the basic idea of counting, i.e attributing a different number to each object she's counting? Wondering if it's the case she can't remember the numbers because she's trying to learn them by rote memory without truly understanding why iyswim?

If you do think she fully understands and its just the learning part, then plenty of counting in everyday life (stairs, cars, windows, how many bricks, cooking, shopping etc), role play games like shops, dice games with 2 die so she is counting the dots. Snakes and ladders is good too.

Kanga59 Mon 22-Feb-16 20:42:09

My son loved watching YouTube videos made by KidsTV123, lots of repetitive number and letter vids on there

Or you could try an educational app. Maths 3-5 is good (red icon)

Chrisinthemorning Mon 22-Feb-16 20:46:45

The one to one correspondence is different though isn't it? DS can recognise numbers to 30 now but his one to one is only to about ten. He's 3.8.

MisForMumNotMaid Mon 22-Feb-16 20:49:37

Exposure, exposure and more exposure.

Coins that have the numbers on are good (limited to 1,2,5 and 10 though). But you can pile up the 1's to equal a 2, a 5, a 10.

My DD is in reception and loves playing shop. She uses mini post it notes to price everything and we then buy stuff off her. Its a sort of game.

Lurkedforever1 Mon 22-Feb-16 22:56:33

The one to one correspondence is more important than recognising or remembering numbers. Eg child a can recite numbers to 50 and recognise them in their written form, but has no idea how to count 8 sweets. Child b can recite numbers to 3 and recognises none in their written form. But given 8 sweets to count gives each a number, eg '1, 2, 3, 7, 9, another, more, 5.

Child A might have a good memory, but child b demonstrates more knowledge of understanding number and counting.

PassiveAgressiveQueen Tue 23-Feb-16 08:16:07

She understands about counting we are always counting things, but she counts the things 1,2,3,4,5,6,12,14.
So we have the understanding bit sorted we now just need the memory bit filling in.
You show her a number 6 and ask her which number it is, she knows it is the number for first finger second hand so counts her fingers to get to six.

irvine101 Tue 23-Feb-16 09:20:22


seoulsurvivor Tue 23-Feb-16 09:24:22

I write the numbers on a piece of paper, then again on those round plain stickers. Then the kids can match them. You can draw 10 dots to match the number 10 another time. Or for matching small and capital letters.

Cuppaand2biscuits Tue 23-Feb-16 09:30:06

Numtums or number jacks episodes on catch up or youtube. Alongside your practical assistance obviously.
My dd is 5 and in reception and watching the alphablocks has helped her with some of the sounds like igh and ite

AbandonGups Thu 25-Feb-16 21:35:19

We got small cookie cutters (think they're for cake decorating) and made number shaped biscuits - that's seemed to grab ds's attention!

StrumpersPlunkett Thu 25-Feb-16 21:37:19

Number snap card game

BeachysFlipFlops Thu 25-Feb-16 21:41:10

We numbered all the cupboards in the kitchen with bits of paper. Then I asked her to get things from cupboard number 6 etc.

We also had everything labelled in the kitchen for ages.... Door, fridge, oven etc.

thisagain Fri 26-Feb-16 22:22:50

We played top trumps with him whilst on holiday and after that he seemed to know all his numbers under 100.

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