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—Connie Spencer, teacher,
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Count Your Successes
Kaitlyn, one of the youngest students
in my class, is a joyful Latina girl with
no experience with school before
kindergarten. I became worried early
in the school year when I realized she
could not verbally count past two.
I observed her in the math center
and found she was avoiding games
that involved counting or matching
numerals to quantities. Further tests
showed she struggled with one-to-one
correspondence and judging more and
I immediately started to work with
her on verbal counting and subitizing.
I made colorful number puzzles that
Kaitlyn kept in her chair pocket.
She could pull them out at any time
to practice matching quantities to
numerals. I designed developmentally appropriate bingo games to help
Kaitlyn identify numerals from 1 to
20. I searched the Internet to find the
best songs and books to start our math
lessons every day, which I then lent to
Kaitlyn to take home to practice with
her bilingual older brother. Kaitlyn
can now count to 20 with one-to-one
correspondence and is confident with
numbers and quantity.
Rogers Heights Elementary School,
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