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Counting with Toddlers

Jenna is 22 months old right now, and very interested in counting.  We are working on counting in three ways; spouting off “1-2-3-4-5-6-7 etc.”, counting with one to one correspondence, and counting in quantities.  We count all sorts of things of course, flowers in the garden, dumps of water in the bathtub, etc.  But today we counted with little unit cubes.  This is a great fine motor activity for small children, and builds up muscles that they will later use for writing.

If she’s just spouting off numbers, Jenna can count up to twelve, and sometimes even thirteen. 

With one to one correspondence, she is consistent up to the number two.

I have to heavily facilitate counting in quantities.  I say: “This is one.  This is two.  This is three. This is four, etc. ”  We always count left to right, even when counting her toes!


  1. jengod says:

    If you ever have a chance, could you expand on why you always count left-to-right? It is just so it’s always the same starting point or is that establishing an English reading skill as well?

    • jenbrdsly says:

      Counting from left to right is a Joan Cotter Right Start thing. I think it is meant to go along with reading left to right. Also, most early arthimitec problems are taught from left to right.

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