Wednesday was my first day with the children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. I didn’t want to make any assumptions about how much they knew about numbers already, but this group of children all were fluent with number recognition, at least through five, and I suspect higher, too.
We did a few activities around numbers, that I will continue to develop in the c0ming weeks. We’ll be spending more time working with number value than number recognition, though, as that what seems to be appropriate for this group.
Tracing and labeling fingers to play a finger/numbers game was what we started with. The game that we did around this is based on this research about finger perception http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/why-kids-should-use-their-fingers-in-math-class/478053/
Here a little video clip of how the activity looked. It was very sweet to watch these children doing this.