One of my favorite things to teach is working with numbers, math skills and one to one counting. I myself love working with numbers and find no matter what I do the gears in my head are always working toward figuring out a numeric connection in what it is in front of me. This morning I came across this really interesting article breaking down the different forms of counting which I would like to pass along to you today. It might make you take a closer look at what you are during your day and how it involves counting or working with numbers. Also it will make you more aware of the different opportunities you might have each day when you are with your child or children that you can use as teachable moments to encourage and enhance their math and counting skills.
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Counting is a practice that you do everyday, every moment of your life. The practice is done for different purposes like to set aside desired number of object, to calculate the actual number of a particular object or may be to find out the particular object with an ordinal number. Moreover, counting is also used for the demonstration of knowledge of the number system and number names.
Forms of counting
There are different forms of counting as well. You should get an idea about those and you will be surprised to observe that you use all of them to a certain extent in your everyday life.
Finger counting - Finger counting is also another form of counting. It is a practice most prevalent in children for counting during small mathematical operation. It is best for counting small numbers. Mostly unary notation is done by finger counting and therefore, it makes the counting limited to 10. However, apart from finger counting, there are other hand gestures in use, like the Chinese system where you can count 10 using only the gestures of one hand.
Verbal counting - There is verbal counting which involves speaking every number but not loud as it helps to keep track of the progress. It is beneficial to count objects that are already present and helps a respite from counting various things over time.
Tally counting - Counting from tally marks is also a variety of counting. It is done by making a mark for each number and then counting all those marks when tallying is done. This is beneficial when you are counting objects over a period.
Inclusive counting - Inclusive counting is also a form of counting which is mainly used when you are counting days of a calendar. It is done when counting inclusively by regarding Sunday as the day 1. It results to the 8th day being a Sunday again.