Any concept that is based on symbols will present a problem for some children. Especially for the very young who don’t have a burning desire to learn numbers, letters or words, enticing them into learning these concepts works so much better than the plain ole’ way we have always taught them.
In addition, when we teach these important foundational concepts, the more we target multiple regions in the brain at one time, the bigger the chance that learning will occur and that learning will be permanent.
So, what we’ve done with our numbers 1-20 is pretty exciting! We designed a poster that you can display at home or in the classroom. The numbers are stylized like our SnapWords® are; each number has a line of text that helps to tie the image to the name of the number… well, instead of going on and on using words, let me just SHOW you!
Here is the full poster:
Notice that the numbers are arrayed in lines of 5 numbers, so that the patterns emerge as you go down each column. There is the column of 1, 6, 1, 6, of 2, 7, 2, 7, etc. This design makes it easy to teach skip counting by 5’s and 10’s. Later you can show the children that if you add 5 to any number, the answer will be directly below the first number. Ex: 8 + 5 = 13, which is found directly beneath the 8. If you add 10 to any number, you will find the answer 2 rows below. See 8 + 10 = 18, which is 2 rows below the 8. You can also show, rather than tell that when adding 10 to any number, you just put a 1 in front of the original number. SO many cool learning experiences will present themselves!
Now for some close-ups:
Here is the image for 4.
Here are the images for 8, 13 and 16.
When you are enjoying the numbers together, have your child(ren) sky-write the numbers as they stand up and involve their whole bodies in the activity. Something like this:
It works really well to have the child(ren) first sky write the number, involving their whole bodies, and then run to the table to write what their body did on paper or whiteboard with marker.
The numbers 1-10 are found in our new book I Can Sing from 1-10 and in our first math book: Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction. If you utilize these tools for teaching, I promise, your children will love learning!