Time Grade 1

Message 15

Did you know that using their fingers is one way for your child to help themselves count and work out answers to number problems? In fact many children can show their understanding of numbers on their fingers before they can say the name of the number.

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Don’t discourage your child from using their fingers to count and work out number problems. They are using a good and effective way to help themselves. Help your child to count or work out a number problem using different objects.

So if the problem is about spoons to set at a table, then use actual spoons. If the problem is about fruit to be shared between friends, then use actual fruit. If you don’t have real objects, you can use buttons, pegs and bottle tops or stones and leaves found in the garden.