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How To Teach Number Recognition To Kindergarten Kids {Top Teaching Tips}

How To Teach Number Recognition To Kindergarten Kids {Top Teaching Tips}

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How To Teach Number Recognition

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What is Number Recognition?

Number recognition is learning to identify and name numbers and it is one of the first things a kindergarten or pre-schooler will learn how to do.

It is a complicated concept because it involves much more than being able to say a number name. Teaching Number Recognition includes teaching number names, writing and recognising digits, counting and matching numbers to quantity.

Traditional flash-card activities will help with recalling and naming different numbers. But they don’t teach children all the connections between numbers, digits and quantity.

How To Teach Number Recognition to Kindergarten Kids

For this to happen children need numerous opportunities to discover and explore the connection between number names, numerals and quantity (counting).

Number recognition can be defined as “the ability to identify and name basic numerals”.  Teaching this needs to be broken down into several core mathematical skills:

  • matching numbers to quantity
  • identifying numbers
  • naming numbers


How To Teach Number Recognition

When planning activities it is important to create a range of experiences for the students that don’t just focus on saying or chanting the names of numbers.

Math programs need to include activities, games and learning experiences that teach students depth.  They also need to apply their understandings in a variety of situations.

It’s important to make sure the activities you use teach your kids:

  • The language of counting – the names of numbers, exposure to numbers and counting in other cultures
  • The process of counting– naming the numbers in sequence, forwards and backwards and from any starting point. Building understanding of the number sequence and how all numbers are made from combination of the same digits 0-9. Understanding that numbers are said in a particular order and there are patterns in the way we say them
  • Connect number names, numerals and quantities, including zero
  • Counting is not chanting it involves a number of steps or “Counting Principles” – understanding that each object must be counted only once, that the arrangement of objects does not affect how many there are, and that the last number counted answers the ‘how many’ question


Numbers Recognition in the Environment

Teaching number recognition includes teaching children about numbers in the environment as well as using numbers in math. So it’s important that they have lots of opportunities to find numbers on everyday items like the:

  • TV remotes
  • phones
  • cars
  • traffic signs
  • price tags

and that numbers can be found in the classroom, at home, in the playground, at the shops, in fact everywhere!

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Number Recognition In Real Life

Children also need to explore how everybody uses numbers everyday. Kids need to learn that numbers are not just for ‘Math’ class. But that they have real life uses, like:

  • setting the right number of places at the dinner table
  • using 3 different coloured pencils to complete an activity
  • getting enough glue sticks for everyone at the table

When students notice that numbers are an essential part of their life, learning numbers becomes more meaningful.



Hands-on Number Recognition ideas

Number Recognition in the Classroom

Teaching programs in the kindergarten classroom need to include opportunities for students to develop the full range and depth on understandings around numbers including:

  • match digits, number words and quantity 0-20
  • digit formation 0-20
  • count a collection to find how many are in it
  • know that numbers are in a particular order that we use to count
  • compare small quantities
  • think mathematically to solve simple word problems
  • develop language & terminology of number recognition

Hands-on Activities, Games, Worksheets For Number Recognition

We have a ton of fun, hands-on activities, teacher resources, and free teacher worksheets . Try them next time you’re planning and teaching numeracy, and you’ll get excellent results for your children!


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