Teaching to count in the minority language – Tip n°2

Numbers follow a logical order, but when kids learn to count beyond 10, they might feel a bit lost.  That was the case with my eldest daughter.  So I came up with an idea to help her visualise the stringing of the numbers: I handcrafted a little board with numbers that could be flipped as she counted, starting from number 10 (as she was already comfortable counting up to there).

Here is a picture of mine. I actually made it with very cheap materials I had at hand. However, if you can, do use fancier and more colourful materials than mine! And you can make it start from 1 or any other number you want, and up to any number of your choice! The sky is your limit. 🙂

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What you need :

  • a rectangular piece of cardboard
  • a whole puncher
  • several sheets of white paper
  • 2 felt-tips of different colours
  • 2 white labels
  • 4 straps (mine were from those that come with freezer bags!)

How to do it:

  1. The frame: With the whole puncher, punch 2 sets of wholes on one of the long sides of the cardboard. Leave enough space between the 2 sets so you have enough room for the 2 series of numbers.
  2. The flipping numbers:Cut several sheets of paper in 4. Pile them up.
    1. Take 10 pieces of paper from the pile. With 1 of the coloured felt-tips, number each piece with a number, starting with 1 and finishing with 10.
    2. Take another 10 pieces of paper from the pile. With the other coloured felt-tips, number each piece with a number, starting from 0 to 9.
    3. With the whole puncher, punch a set of wholes at the top of each numbered piece of paper.
  3. Joining the lot together:For the set of numbers to the left side of the board: order the numbers from 1 to 10, attach them to the board using the straps.
    1. For the set of numbers to the left of the board: order the numbers from 0 to 9, attach them to the board using the straps.
  4. Labelling:Directly on the board, stick a white label under each set of numbers.
    1. With the same coloured felt-tip used to write the set of numbers to the left of the board, write the word “Tens”
    2. With the same coloured felt-tip used to write the set of numbers to the left of the board, write the word “Units”

Hey presto! 🙂

My daughter loved it the minute I gave it to her and enjoyed counting on her own as she flipped the numbers. I think it helped the penny drop, and settling the order of the numbers in her mind.

5 Comments

    1. Hi there! Glad you like this idea! :). Unfortunately, I am very ignorant about dyslexia so I don’t have any tips about adapting it to your son’s needs 😦 If you do find a way, please come back and share it here so other parents of dyslexic children can benefit from your experience and tip(s)! 🙂

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    2. I just came across (on the Multilingual Families Facebook group) this link http://www.callscotland.org.uk/common-assets/cm-files/posters/android-apps-for-learners-with-dyslexia.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1o2WuGFwzITcFBMOFvPgqgJaT2wAXFOvh4uF0N4DgdB7GIB-QMVzx1iZ8 that lists Android Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties. All apps clickable from PDF. It is Printable A3 PDF. I remembered of your comment and thought of you. Hope it can help you and other bilingual parents.

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