How do you teach Numbers to 10? Do you do it all together or separate each number out, spending a week concentrating on each? We started our school year teaching the children all Numbers to 10, concentrating on subitizing and recognising numbers. However, we found that many children knew how to count to 10, could recognise and write the numbers, but when looking at collections of objects, they aways counted by 1’s, not being able to recognise collections of objects.
So we altered, as any teacher often has to. We spent a week investigating each number as part of Number Detectives. Every Monday we would brainstorm the letter of the week as well as the number of the week. Our brainstorm would look something like below. We had basic pictures and words with some incidental teaching of clock times and odds and evens. There is always a couple of kids in every class who are avid mathematicians and want to be just like their big brothers and sisters. They love the introduction of harder concepts like time. Children would also relate the number to the something in their life – like “Sam has 4 pet fish” and we would write a few of these up.
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