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Five Early Numeracy Activities

Counting Oranges1
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I was recently asked about early numeracy activities. While I don't feel that we do or that I put out a lot of numeracy activities it was quite easy to put together a list of five. These five really encompass the numeracy activities that we do at 27 months as part of our everyday living. These activities are as hands on as possible keeping in mind that workbook, worksheet activities don't form a part of the Montessori approach at this age. 
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Counting Everyday Items
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Counting oranges as we put them into the bowl. Counting apples at the store as we place them into our basket. Counting pegs as we put them on the line. 

Along comes Mr Crocodile as quiet as can be and SNAP!
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Counting Songs and Finger Play
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Above Caspar is singing Five Little Monkeys to Otis. Other favourites include 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive, Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day and Ten in the Bed (or Three in the Bed). 
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Otis 27 months Tumble Down Counting Pegs
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Number and Counting Materials
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There are a couple of excellent number and counting materials/toys available. We love the above TAG Tumble Down Counting Pegs. I also really like the 1 to 5 RIng Counter. As the child uses these toys they start associating the number or pegs/rings with the written number. 

Otis counting his toes 27 months
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Counting Fingers and Toes
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As well as increasing body awareness we find counting body parts fun. Perhaps because Otis and many toddlers are ticklish and very interested in their own bodies. Otis will often (if given the opportunity) count the fingers and toes of others. 
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Waterhole by Graeme Base
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Counting Books
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We love the Waterhole by Graeme Base and Montessori Number Work by Bobby and June George. Even the Very Hungry Caterpillar has a fun counting component. There is also the Montessori Blue Number Counting Book and I also like One Gorilla A Counting Book by Anthony Browne. I'm sure there are many other excellent counting books that are also beautiful and fun to use. 
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"Reciting one, two, three, four, five, and so on, is fun for a child, but it is not really learning math.
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Math starts with the excitement of moving and touching real objects, gathering them into groups, counting each one, one at a time. It is exciting to discover that these words stand for quantities of like objects - buttons, peas, spoons, family members, stars in the sky - and later to realize that these concepts are used and understood all over the world."
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 - Susan Mayclin Stephenson. The Joyful Child. Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three.
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