Thursday, December 10, 2009

count and see

count and see is written by Tana Hoban and was just the book I needed to kick off talking about early numeracy with my students. The book is a photo essay for the numbers 1 - 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100. The numbers are shown symbolically on the left page in written form, numerical form and then through the use of a dot arrangement to show the quantity. The photo on the right shows the quantity again with a full page black and white photo from the environment.

Children learn to recognize dot patterns found on die through the use of games they play. However, recognizing dot patterns in various arrangements instantly can develop relationships between numbers. If the quantities for numbers 1 - 10 can be named without counting then this can help children with counting on, combining sets, spatial relationships, and flexibility with problem solving. I found count and see a good introduction for dot patterns besides the arrangements found on a die.

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