As my class prepares for the 100th day of school, we are working on number writing and recognition. Everyone is FINALLY over the hump of those pesky numbers in the teens and twenties. I swear, the numbers in the teens are the hardest numbers to learn in the whole series up to 100. They’re called numbers in the teens, but eleven and twelve don’t even have the word “teen” in them. And then there’s thirteen and fifteen (not three-teen and five-teen which would just be so much more logical!)
Needless to say, I have pulled a few tricks out of my hat to help my each and every one of my students master these tricky numbers. We have been counting, writing, finding, arranging, and singing every day in my classroom as we work toward mastery.
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First on the list… number mazes! My students use bingo dotters to create a counting path on the paper. This particular number maze counts from 1 to 20
You can purchase Number Mazes in my TpT store. The set includes DIFFERENTIATED mazes that count up every decade to 120.
My students LOVE working on their number mazes.
Counting and identifying the correct numerals up to 30 is only half of the battle. Writing these numbers is equally important. Once the class finishes their number maze for the day, everyone practices writing their numerals. This is a page from my Count & Write to 120 pack on TpT (before my big revision and update).
The complete Count & Write to 120 set is also differentiated. Three separate writing pages are included for each decade to meet the diverse needs of my kinders.
I also believe that independent exploration is an important facet of each student’s development so I made a simple interactive number line on my classroom whiteboard. The line itself is just created with painters tape (because it will peel off easily when we are finished with the number line.) I laminated number squares, cut them apart, and added a magnet to the back of each piece so students could manipulate and rearrange the numbers as they work to learn their numerals. This instantly became such a popular area of the classroom!
I love how each child has his/her own way of exploring content. This little guy used the number line to count by twos on his own. This is not a skill we have discussed in class yet.
You can download the pieces to assemble this brightly colored interactive number line for your own classroom. It’s a FREEBIE in my TpT store.
While we learned our numbers up to thirty, we watched two wonderful Harry Kindergarten videos on YouTube: Numbers in the Twenties and Numbers in the Teens. The music is catchy, repetitive, and it helped my students learn their numbers! Best of all, my students were so busy having fun they didn’t even realize they were learning.
Now that my students have mastered their numbers up to 30, we are busy getting ready for the 100th day of school. I’ll be back soon with an update on our progress!