Counting Method / June 6, 2018 / Ximena Lucas
Teachers and parents like to use board games to teach skills that range from fair play to counting. When it comes to improving early number skills, a new report by Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University researchers finds that how children count is what really counts. Earlier studies have pointed to the benefits to young children of playing games that require counting. The new study suggests the simple act of playing a number game may not yield the benefits earlier studies have detailed. What matters is how children count while they play.
The child needs to understand that the last number is the symbol used to represent the number of objects. They also need to practice counting the objects from bottom to top or left to right to discover that order is irrelevant--regardless of how the items are counted, the number will remain constant.