Observe the child counting with an adult during daily activities.
If the adult does not spontaneously request counting, ask them to request that the child count something with which they are engaged (e.g., shoes, baby dolls, etc.).
The child will count using number words, with accuracy to two or three.
Emphasize the importance of meaningful versus rote counting. Parents often ask their child to perform (“Can you count for me?”). Help them to understand that counting actual objects using pointing helps the child learn the meaning of the numbers.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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