Try this domino addition track with your Kindergartener!
I know my rising Kindergartener is ready to add because he is beginning to recognize “groups of” numbers automatically. This domino addition track was exactly what he needed.
Recognizing a group of numbers means he sees a group of four dots and automatically recognizes it as a group of four. (without counting)
Even when you think your child has this down, I urge you to keep counting numbers 1-10.
Number sense and truly understanding quantity foundation all future math concepts. We do not rush to addition. Take the time to touch and count manipulatives and practice counting first.
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Dominoes are perfect for number games for Kindergarten!
Just holding a domino can stimulate learning! You can read why manipulatives are so crucial to counting here.
They are slightly cold, have indented dots to touch and feel as you count, and are typically bright and colorful. – a winning sensory combination!
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Let’s look at the progression of number sense:
- Children will be to count. This practice means they are memorizing a sequence of numbers. Example: DIY Counting Game
- Next, children learn one-to-one correspondence. This phrase means they match one number, with each item in a set of objects. This practice is touching as they count. Example: Number Line Count Up
- Children begin to apply to reason at a higher level as they understand quantity. This reasoning means they begin to make comparisons such as more than, bigger than, less than, and identical amounts. Example: Block Lines
- Children also begin to recognize a group of objects at a higher level without counting. This ability means that a child sees five goldfish and can identify the group as five fish without counting. Example: Domino Track
The big idea?
You have plenty of time to get there. Allow counting and number sense to progress over time.
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Here is what is most important about number games for Kindergarteners:
Do not rush it. Do not compare.
In our family, each one of my boys learns very differently. They have reached different learning milestones at other times.
The more you touch objects, the more you count aloud, the more you practice, the better off your child will be for future math skills.
Truly understanding groups of numbers is a huge deal, so take your time.
Need more time to count objects?
Try these simple number games:
Ready for your Kindergartener to add?
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Setting up a domino addition track for your Kindergartener is simple!
Tape down your white paper roll and draw a large oval on your paper. Begin to place your dominoes all around the oval.
Draw lines to separate each domino and write in the total amount for each section.
Place your dominoes in the oval center and invite your child to add each domino for their Breakfast Invitation.
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