Counting On – What Number Comes Next?

Counting On Strategies

As a classroom teacher, Ioften found that parents thought their child knew how to count.  In actuality, their child had just memorized the words, kind of like you would the words of a song, but when the numbers were taken out of context they had no idea what numbers were surrounding it.  They could not count on.

Here are some ideas that you can use to help reinforce this idea of “counting on” from a specific number.  Parents can do these in the car, at the dinner table or any time you have a few free moments.  Teachers can use these in whole group instruction or even during those “sponge activities” when you need to soak up a few extra minutes.

Practice Ideas

  • Call out a number and have your child tell what comes next
  • Do a “counting round.”  One person starts counting then randomly stops.  The next person in order starts right where they left off and chooses where they will stop.  Continue going around the circle until you reach a set number (50, 100, 120…)
  • Practice counting on using the ones only, then adding the tens.  By first grade, most children can easily count to 10, and count on from any number less than 10.  Use this knowledge to identify what comes next in the ones place, then add in the tens.  Example: “What is one more than 7….”,  8!  “What is one more than FIFTY – 7….” 58!
  • You can always try these same games where the child is the “teacher.”  Allow them to start the game and then you give the answer.  You can also throw in an incorrect answer, then see if they are able to catch your mistake.

Happy counting!

Common Core Math Standards

Kindergarten: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.2
Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).

Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

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