Grade Level: kindergarten

Common Core: Kindergarten, Number and Operations in Base Ten

**Exercise #1:**

Use large lined paper...have students write numbers 0-9.

**Exercise #2:**

Making it fun. Use construction paper and pre-draw a single number such as 1 have your child cut out the number with a set of plastic scissors. Teaches visual recognition of numbers and improves eye hand coordination.

**Exercise #3:**

Making it natural. Using the numbers that you cut out have your child be a "7" the day. Make this a habit. Each week they are a different number. This will get them through "0-9" 5 times in a year.

**Exercise #4:**

Play a game. As you are driving, walking, or even watching television have your child recognize the number throughout the day. It is important at this stage that you focus on recognition.

**Exercise #5:**

Begin writing. Writing at this age can be rewarding or frustrating for a child. Remember that not all children develop "eye-hand" coordination at the same rate. DON'T push them if they are having difficulty handling a pencil, pen, or crayon. My first daughter had trouble and we purchased her a V.Smile video game system. She was allowed to play as much as she wanted on the weekends. Her hand strength and "eye-hand" coordination showed significant improvement in about 6 weeks. Winnie-the-Pooh was her favorite and I liked it because it helped with counting and especially number recognition.

Repeat. Change the number every week. Play recognition games. Begin writing (10 minutes a day maximum). PDF of Large Scale Numbers