Today, Luke and I were playing a game of inside Hide-and-Go-Seek (he wanted to play tag, "Come on, Mom, it's good exercise!" he even tried to bribe me -- didn't work), and he made the decision that we would count to 15.
When it was my turn to hide, I heard him struggling through 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Then I had an idea...
I suggested that rather than count from 1-15, how about we just count from 11-15, 3 times. At first he gave me one of those looks that only a pre-schooler can give, but after some convincing on my part, he decided to give it a try. I counted first, loudly, so he could hear me from his favorite hiding place behind the curtain in the living room. "11-12-13-14-15, 11-12-13-14-15, 11-12-13-14-15, Ready or not, here I come!" I even told him I would be the counter and he could be the hider for a few times so he could listen to me count.
After finding him hiding behind the curtain, under the table, and in the bathroom closet, I told him it was my turn to hide and his turn to count.
11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15!
He did it!
Later, when we got tired of hide-and-go-seek, we were playing with some of his toy trucks. We set them up to race, and counted to start the race: 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - Go!
We pretended one was a spaceship taking off into outspace, and counted BACKWARD....15 - 14 - 13 - 12 -11 - BLASTOFF! (That one was a bit trickier for him to master.)
So much of teaching pre-schoolers involves play AND repetition. I'm still coming up with more ways to practice these five tricky numbers. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please... leave a comment!
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