Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Rote Counting in Kindergarten

Rote Counting is the basic skill of verbally reciting numbers in sequential order.  It is the foundation of number sense; a precursor to all math skills.  Rote counting is not the same as giving a quantity of objects, or identifying numbers.  Instead, it is learning to recite from memory.

As young as kindergarten, students are expected to rote count to 100, by 1's and 10's.  Typically, students are assessed on rote counting 5 times throughout the year. A pre-assessment is given at the start of school to gather baseline data, then assessed nearing the end of each quarter.

When assessed, teachers will mark the highest number your child counted to, without making any errors.   Here is an example of a completed assessment.

I created this assessment as a simplified method to keep track of my students growth throughout the year.  Again, students are not asked to identify the numbers.  They are called over, one-on-one, and asked to count as high as they can.  While counting, they are not looking at the number chart.

Here, you can see different colors are used to mark each quarters growth.   Keeping track of the students growth on one page allows them to quickly see their previous rote counting "score", and set personal growth goals.

Thankfully, learning to rote count doesn't require instruction. The more children are exposed to counting aloud, the more natural the skill becomes.

Here are some examples of how you can build rote counting skills:
  • Counting for fun!  Randomly start counting throughout the day with your child.
  • Songs and poems.  Dr. Jean has many number songs available on iTunes and amazon.
  • Clap and count.
  • Stomp and count.
  • Count aloud to see how long it takes to complete various tasks. (clean up, walk across the room, finding hidden objects, etc)
  • Hide and go seek. Count aloud while waiting for the others to hide. 

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