When we want to know the number of objects in any set, we count. Normally we learn this skill in the preschool years. As we progress into Kindergarten, we expand our count lengths. Rote counting is one of the best methods to get these skills going for students. It often comes naturally for most students. You don’t need to spend a great deal of time on each day. A simple count to a fixed number at the start of every morning and just before we go home is enough to get the job done.
Counting has been around for as long as anyone can remember or at least as far as records show. The most primitive forms of civilization used some form of counting. The first evidence we have of counting dates back 20,000 years to a bone found in the Congo region of Africa. On the bone lies a number of etched lines that look like your standard tallies. While it could have just been someone doodling, it most likely was scribed to account for something.
Today societies and whole cultures rely on automated counting, in most cases, computers doing all the work. We find counting to be a bit of a rote learned skill, but you can often make it fun in variety of different ways. Please see our worksheets below to help your students have more fun while learning to count. It is helpful to practice this skill by telling students you have a job for them and need to know how many jellybeans are in this jar. You can have them count just about anything, but the focus has to be in consistency. It is also helpful to have them complete dot to dot worksheets as they continue to help them think in a sequential manner. You can scroll down and find a whole bunch of these connect the dots worksheets below.