Counter On Using Patterns

Sub Trajectory: strategy


Keeps track of counting acts, but only by using numerical patterns  (spatial, auditory, or rhythmic) for adding 1 to about 3




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Other Examples:

  • A child is asked, "How much is 2 more than 5?" Child feels two "beats" as she counts, "5...6, 7!"
  • A child has counted three toys that were placed in a box. A teacher adds three more, dropping each noisily, then asks “How many there are?” The child answers “There were three… so, three… four, five, six. Six!”

Help your student become a(n) Counter On Using Patterns

These activities support children in counting on from a number a small number of times by using rhythmic subitizing. For example, starting at 4 and counting three more in a rhythmic (doo-doo-DAH!) helps children learn the count on strategy.

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Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.