Number Recognition for Kindergartners

Tags: number recognition, kindergarten, numbers

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