Being able to tell the difference between a letter and a word. For example, “p” is a letter, and “pig” is a word.
Essential Questions / Big Ideas in Math
How will knowing number combinations help solve mathematical problems?
Children gain knowledge of small numbers by putting them together and taking them apart. This understanding is a bridge between counting and knowing number combinations. It is how instant recognition of small numbers develops and leads naturally to later understanding of fact families.
- Show your child 5 pennies. Ask him to close his eyes. Hide some of the pennies under a cup.
- Ask your child to open his eyes and tell you how many of the pennies were hiding.
This will help him recognize the number of objects that are showing and/or hidden without counting. If your child is successful with 5 pennies, please practice higher numbers.