Numbers and Counters

Teaching children to count is easy. One, two, three etc. But to get them to the understanding that each of these words actually represents a quantity is something different. Montessori makes use of a number of brilliant methods to get this point across. Here, I use the numbers and counters method, combined with our theme of winter. Each cloud has a number and the children have to allocate the right number of raindrops to each. For this lesson I begin with a fun demonstration, and the children each try it for themselves. Each attempt is praised regardless of being right or wrong. The reason for this is that, for me, the MAIN task for any teacher is to instill in the child a love for learning. Right or wrong is of very little consequence at this stage, but to give a child a love and motivation for learning, this will serve them well through life.

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