By Nicole Batzloff

STOP Teaching Kids To Count!

Yes, you read that right and I know it sounds crazy but please hear me out!


Teaching children to count is one of the most intuitive things we do as parents and educators and it’s not a terrible thing to do. 


In fact, counting (saying numbers in the correct order) is the first and most critical step toward developing a child’s NUMBER SENSE, which is the foundation of all mathematics.


BUT counting is only one part of the story.


NUMBER SENSE involves children making a lot of mathematical connections.


We often see young children reciting numbers to 100 and beyond and we think they must have a terrific number sense but that’s not necessarily the case. Counting is often as much a vocabulary exercise as anything else.


As of RIGHT NOW we can shift our sights beyond counting and start developing a child’s NUMBER SENSE in a very efficient and holistic way from the very start. For the first time ever, we have a resource that allows us to do exactly that. Let me explain… 


The second step toward developing a child’s NUMBER SENSE is what we call one-to-one correspondence.  All that means, is a child can say one number and point (or assign it) to one object. For developmental reasons, one-to-one correspondence is difficult to teach and learn. That is, UNTIL NOW!


In conjunction with one-to-one correspondence, children need to understand QUANTITIES and all the different ways they can be made. They need to understand NUMERALS and how they represent quantities. They also need to grasp the role and function of zero and the importance of 10…


We can assume if a child is making all these mathematical connections early, they have a great NUMBER SENSE and this is foundation of all Mathematics. 


The development of my Sensory 100s Chart™️  completely revolutionises mathematics because we can now give children a simple, safe, multi-sensory tool that provides the framework for understanding every aspect of Number Sense.   


They say the simple things in life are the best, and my humble little resource is exactly that — a simple little game-changer.


Yours in Education,