One, two, three ...
For some reason children love counting. That is lucky because numbers are a basic part of almost
any young learners’ course, starting with counting up to five or ten and moving on to money,
dates, times and the rest.
The best activities for this are ones that engage the kids and whose actions etc give them some
reinforcement of the size of the number they are hearing or saying. The simplest way of doing
this is getting louder and louder as they count up, then quieter and quieter as they count down.
There are plenty of games where children count how many of something there is. The best things
for children to count are things that are around them in the classroom.
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Counting is important
Although they then go on to count, the last two ideas above already involve children producing
or responding to numbers without necessarily counting first.
In all the games below they can also count on their fingers etc but will find that learning
not to need to do so will increase their speed and so chance of winning.
Most of the games above can be played with the teacher holding up, writing or pointing at the
word rather than shouting it out.
Children can respond to a shouted out word, incomplete written word, incorrectly spelt word,
word shape, figure, being shown a number of objects or being asked to count a number of objects.
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