I’ve always been a little afraid of Math, possibly because I struggled with the subject as a kid. As I embark on homeschooling, I knew this is one area of weakness I have to come face-to-face with. One of the ways to get Hannah thinking about numbers, without realising it’s a lesson – through books.
These two picture books have been great tools for teaching counting and more-few comparison:
1) Ten Apples up on Top by Dr. Seuss
As we read the book, I’d stop to ask Hannah questions like:
- the number of apples on each animal’s head;
- compare who had the most apples and who had the fewest.
We also had fun imagining apples on our heads! Hannah would throw one of her “apples” to me and I’d ask her how many apples had she left.
This was my morning surprise for Hannah: she had to close her eyes and leaned against the wall, before opening her eyes with “apples” on her head.
More “Apples up on Top” activities:
- http://mrskilburnkiddos.wordpress.com/thematic-units/apples/ (learning all about apples)
2) Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
It hasn’t been easy searching for books that count up to 20. Most of the counting books stop at 10. Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 is one book that counts up to 20, then introduces in 30 to 100 (in tens). This is one book we’ve been reading every single day of the week.
Our accompanying activities include:
- arranging the numbers from 0 to 20 in a number line;
- saying out loud the numbers in English and Mandarin (we also tried saying in Bahasa);
- sticking corresponding number of dot stickers to each number indicated on paper;
- identifying which is fewer/more among two numbers (I randomly chose two pieces of paper to compare, after we completed activity 3.)
- going over the numbers from 0 to 100; found at the back of the book.
More “Chicka Chicka 1,2,3” activities:
If you know of any other Math books that teaches little ones to count up to 20 or more, please share the titles with me. 🙂