You may see a toddler...
- Observe or point to objects while counting on their own or while someone else counts, but may not consistently demonstrate one-to-one correspondence.
- Start counting with one, sometimes pointing to the same item multiple times or using numbers out of order.
- Apply their first number word, usually “two”.
- Use fingers to count a small number of items.
- Begin to use verbal number names.
- Count a few objects arranged in a straight line.
Help your student become a(n) Number Word Sayer: Foundations
Even before they can count, children learn that number, or counting, words are special. Experience hearing others count, or name quantities (see the Subitizing LT) provide foundational experiences with number words and the idea that they refer to quantities and can be ordered.