Counting Tool / June 6, 2018 / Priscilla Salisbury
Comparison activities develop an understanding of mathematical order. Pattern recognition activities require children to observe and continue patterns preparing them for learning to recognize numbers. Number recognition and counting activities prepare preschoolers for grade school level addition and subtraction exercises.
Counting can occur in a variety of forms. Counting can be verbal; that is, speaking every number out loud (or mentally) to keep track of progress. This is often used to count objects that are present already, instead of counting a variety of things over time. Counting can also be in the form of tally marks, making a mark for each number and then counting all of the marks when done tallying. This is useful when counting objects over time, such as the number of times something occurs during the course of a day. Tallying is base 1 counting; normal counting is done in base 10. Computers use base 2 counting (0's and 1's).