Observe the adult and child reading a counting book such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The adult can ask questions about “how many” of the different items; “whose” fruit; and “why” the caterpillar is eating the fruit.
The child understands that “how many” is asking for a number. Answers for up to three items and counts with one-to-one correspondence up to five, but does not know the total. Understands the question “why” and tries to give reasons, even if they don’t make sense.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to use numbers and counting throughout the daily routines. During daily chores, such as folding laundry, parents can ask questions such as, “Whose pants are these?” While cooking ask, “Why do we need to stir this up?” These questions stimulate children to make associations and think about reasons for actions.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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