Hands-on Counting Practice

We have been using a 1-100 abacus to practice counting lately.

We found ours at a thrift store for $6, but you can find them from lots of different places and in lots of different materials/styles.  The pictured one is made by Melissa and Doug.

Roughly once a day I’ll model counting to 100 for the kids by moving one bead at a time.  We’ve done that for awhile.  I have them count with me as much as they can.

Now I also let the kids themselves practice moving one bead at a time while counting to 10 or 20 or even 100…helping with the tens number as needed.  

Tonight we showed Luke how to move 10 beads at a time and count by 10s.  

The abacus is such a great (non messy!) way to do hands-on counting practice! 🙂



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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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