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!

Katie Vick says

I am SO GLAD I’m not the only one! I have several sweeties who can’t consistently count to 20, but can count 21-100 COMPLETELY independently!! Thanks for these great resources. Your products are used pretty much daily in my classroom 🙂

Mrs. W says

HI Maria,

I can’t seem to find the number line in your TPT store. Can you share the link? would really like to use these with my kiddos!

Thanks!

Maria Manore says

I’m so sorry I forgot to add the link! It has been added now! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Number-Line-1074048

Rhonda says

Hi Maria,

My kiddies have loved and used this number line. I would very much like to purchase numbers 30-120. I have students who love to count!

Do you have the higher numbers in your TPT offering?

Ps. I just adore the number maxes!!!

Thank you,

Grace and Peace,

Rhonda

Rhonda says

Hi Maria,

My kiddies have loved and used this number line. I would very much like to purchase numbers 30-120. I have students who love to count!

Do you have the higher numbers in your TPT offering?

Ps. I just adore the number mazes!!

Thank you,

Grace and Peace,

Rhonda

Mrs. W says

Thank you!!

TNelson says

I cannot find the number line in your TPT store.

Maria Manore says

I’m so sorry I forgot to add the link! It has been added now! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Number-Line-1074048

mrsmacksclass says

i can not find the number line on your tpt store can you put it on your blog or facebook?

thanks in advance!

Maria Manore says

I’m so sorry I forgot to add the link! It has been added now! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Number-Line-1074048

Carla says

Thank you this will be great to use with my kids! Love the videos and I will be adding them to my daily routine. Here is the link to the Number Line: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Number-Line-1074048

Suzie Egan says

THANK YOU! I just gave my kiddos their little “midterm” to assess their progress and they definitely need more practice with those pesky teens like you said! Using these starting tomorrow 🙂

Eilis says

THANK YOU! This is all just what my class needs right now 🙂

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Diana says

You have so many great ideas! My first graders are going to be so into those number mazes! 🙂

Susan says

Thank you! Love the number line and printed it…however zero did not print in 0, 10, 20, or 30.

Maria Manore says

Uh oh… sounds like a printer issue or perhaps you need to update your Adobe Reader.

KTP on TPT says

We love Harry Kindergarten in my class, too!! All of his videos are awesome! Thanks for this great post, I’m going to have to check out those number mazes- I know my class would love those!

Katie 🙂

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hena says

maria,

i love your number line but do you have numbers that go up to 50. I already printed the numbers up to 30. Thank you so much

Jkeath says

Great number line. Thanks very much!

Megan says

Thank you so much for sharing this! I teach prek and some of my littles are ready for the next step. I LOVE your ideas!

Molly says

Where can I find the number maze for numbers 1-20?

Maria Manore says

Hi Molly! They are included in the full set that goes up to 120. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Differentiated-Number-Mazes-for-Each-Decade-from-20-to-120-1050959