If you want to start our journey “How Many?” from the beginning, please click here. The goal is to look around and ask our children :”How many?”. It is up to them to count whatever they want.
We visited an old boat a few weeks ago. I did not ask Rosie, 8, and Tom, 5, “How many?” on the spot, but I took a picture as I was quite curious about what they may decide to count.
So: “How many?”
Tom and Rosie took turns, to count, an easy way to keep them both engaged even if they are at different stage of development in their counting skills.
Tom, counted by Ones: 4 windows, 2 ship wheels, 1 bell, 1 wall, 1 stool.
Initially, Rosie counted by Ones as well: 2 ropes, 20 studs, 1 picture (ah!), noticing details, such as the 5 circles in the middle of the large wheel.
- the array on the stool, how it could be 5 rows and 7 columns of dots. Or 8 columns. Or more.
- the small wheel and its 6 spokes, dividing the wheel into 6 equal parts (i.e. sixths !)
- the large wheel with its 7 spokes. Wait, there are some hidden ones … there must be 3 more! We ended up with discussing the ten equal parts of the large wheel.
A fun picture to discuss, indeed, and the hidden parts added a lot to the discussion. I hope it helps you see all the counting that can be done around. Search #unitchat on Twitter to find some more !