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Counting Collections & Math

Updated: Jun 1, 2018


Determining “how many” builds early math learning. Before young children are able to add and subtract, one way they develop a sense of number is by lining up collections to determine “how many” they have. Children tend to do this intuitively and you've probably observed your child lining up their toy cars, dolls, or blocks. When children do this they are exploring the mathematical idea of magnitude; the idea that as their collection gets larger (the more and more they line up) that they are moving up the counting sequence. When kids do this encourage them to tag/point to each block as they count them. You can also encourage children to line up two different collections and compare the quantity. Ask them, “How many blocks do you have? How do you know?”


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