Now that we finished the addition concept our focus shifts onto numbers 11-20. We will look at the numbers individually and learn how to count till that number without skipping any other number in the process.
The children will learn how to recognize a given number and remember its name. They will also practice the skill of drawing the value of a given bigger number without getting distracted in the process … amongst other things.
I start off by making a big fuss when we start working on number 11 upwards. I tell the children that since now they are growing up they are learning to work with bigger numbers. Numbers which do not stand alone anymore such as 1-9 but which have a friend holding their hands just like number 10. From time to time I make them aware of the pattern work there is in numbers.
Example numbers 10-19 all start with a 1 in front, and each has a friend standing near it 0,1,2,3,4,5 and so on.
This is the way I started the first numeracy session with “big numbers”. After I explained all this the children had various hands on activities where they counted till 11 objects such as toys, numicon shapes and beans.
The children stuck 11 bones around the Maltese dog found on the Malta scrapbook. This exercise also served the purpose of further developing their fine motor skills.
They also practiced writing their number 11 which was a very easy task since they have been writing their 1’s.
They had the challenge of drawing 11 circles and fill in the gaps in sequence lines. This is how the pages looked like on their other Malta workbook.
The challenge was to count till 11, drawing the circles in the process and not getting easily distracted.
The children played interactive games featuring number 11 on the board as well as marched to the number 11 song.