It was out of curiosity to see if counting with my boys all this time would really help them to match the number with the quantity. At this moment in time, my oldest was three and a half and my second oldest just turned two years old.
On the two white board easels, I divided the boards into sections with different quantities. I purposely placed the numbers out of order to rule out that the boys are placing things in sequence and not actually counting out the quantities. On the wall opposite of the easels, the number cards were placed there for the boys to use to match with the corresponding quantity.
At this time, only numbers 1-12 were on the easel boards because of the time it had taken me to draw each quantity. This was also just a tester and in reality, they were just two and three years of age. It was perfect for their attention span.
The boys were given the purpose of the activity, to match the quantity with the number card. The two year old was to count the smaller quantities, while the three year old was given the larger quantities. They knew which ones to count by me assigning each one to them.
If one of them chose the number card incorrectly, he and I counted the quantity together. Looking back, this really helped them both because it was okay for them to get it wrong with no worries because mommy was there to help. This might have lowered the frustration level of doing this activity for the first time without lowering my expectations of them. The entire activity only took about ten minutes from start to finish with about five minutes of prep time from my end of things. What resulted is what you see above with the first two pictures.
It taught me that my boys were able to do very well with matching the quantity with the number card. What was impressive was how they could count the 10, 11, and 12 without losing one’s place and having to count all over again. Later on, I did this with my two year old by himself for all quantities 1-12 with little to no difficulties. I continue to do this with my boys, but with larger quantities now and including zero.
This activity did not cost much to put together. The number cards were from the dollar store, but you can probably go online to print your own out. You can also get some index cards and write your own numbers on them. If you don’t have easels or the time to draw each quantity, I have them on word document so that you can print them out to use for your child(ren). Click on the following link to access the document.
Where is this on the Schedule of Activities from 18 months to 3 years of age?
- Tuesday on Numbers, especially in quantity
Where is this on the Schedule of Activities from 3 to 5 years of age?
- Tuesday on Quantity
Something to Think About:
Sometimes when we feel that things are a race, we focus on the finish line than how to prepare and endure the race….the journey. If we just focus on the finish line, we might frustrate our little ones when it was not necessary. If you felt frustrated learning something at some moment in your life, it may have turned you against learning about that, period. Why would we then begin so early with our little ones to turn them off to learning when it can be enjoyable and your child knows that you are there to nurture him? When my child feels frustrated, I am there to give him the tools to overcome it, but I am not going to directly place unnecessary frustration on him.
Again, as a parent, we might think we need to hurry up on teaching certain things to our children so that they won’t fall behind. This allows us to become more stressed or pressured if our children are not learning at the rate we think they should. No worries….just breathe. Because even reading this blog and finding out how to help your child become more successful in math, literacy, and art should tell you that you are a wonderful and caring parent. If your child takes more time to learn concepts, it is okay. We all learn at different times. Don’t worry too much. I will say this over and over again because it is that important to know that you are doing a great job!