Friday, 1 July 2011

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Montessori Activity: Teaching Basic Counting to Toddlers with Glass Stones


Age: From 2.5 years old (Level 3)

Activity Duration: 10 minutes

Objective(s):
1. To teach counting.
2. To train number recognition

Materials:
1. 1 - 5 number magnets or 1-5 number cards in a container
2. 15 glass stones or just small stones in a container
3. 1 tray

Directions:
1. Demonstrate to your child by putting out the number magnets or cards in order from 1 to 5, reciting the name of the number as you go along.

2. Allocate 1 glass stone, count 1 and place it in front of the number 1 magnet. Then allocate 2 glass stones, count it a loud and place it in front of the number 2 magnet. Do the same for the rest of the number.

3. Put back the materials into the respective containers and encourage your child to try.

Additional Information:
Joshua could now say from 1 to 10 in Mandarin Chinese (however he keeps missing out the number 4). He also could count from 1-2, and occasionally 3. So I thought I will try out this activity and see how it goes.

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