How to help an older child practice counting.

Now that I have backed Honey up in math, I am finding that there are a lot of things that I thought that she knew that she doesn’t.  For one, she can’t count to a hundred.  She mixes up thirty and forty (and sometimes leaves out one) and she sometimes gets mixed up in the seventies and eighties.  This is the kind of thing that she has been “faking.”  Kiddo can do it, so Honey would let her. 

Kiddo and Dearie both learn by hearing, so we did a lot of counting in the car.  Now, I can see that this is why Honey never really “got it.”  If she was an auditory learner, she would have gotten it just by listening to her sisters, (thats how Kiddo got it) but that wasn’t enough for Honey.  She needed to do it herself.  (I still haven’t figured out how to make this one visual.  Maybe I need to get out the hundreds chart.)  Of course, if your little sister can do something, why would you want to show everyone that you can’t do it?  Once Kiddo learned to count, Honey wouldn’t even try any more.

So now that I know that Honey needs more practice, I have started playing the estimating game with the girls.  I fill a jar with small objects and put it on the table.  Everyone guesses how many objects are in the jar.  Then Honey counts out the objects and we see who won.  With her visual bent, Honey is pretty good at

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