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Do you have any paper? Good, then you’re ready to make a counting book. Fold paper, staple. (Cut out into a cool shape for extra fun or go buy one at an educational supply store like I did.)
Decorate the cover. Give your book a title.
For preschoolers, you write the number from 1 to 10, one number per page. They can trace over the number with a crayon or marker. Older children can write their own number and the number word. (1 one)
Select the same kind of stickers to represent the total number. We used food themed stickers & cut-outs. If you select bananas, use all bananas – so later you can write the word banana. (*Why didn’t I have my kids draw pictures? Because, I worried they might lose interest– but drawing works, too.)
Write the number word that matches your stickers.
Write the beginning letter sound. Listen to match any other sounds in the word using invented spelling.
for example: say, “Bananas. What is the sound you hear at the beginning? Buh – nanas.” Help beginning writers hear the first letter sound and then, when they get that, the last letter sound. Writing “B” is a great start for the word banana! Say, “Good job. That is kid spelling for bananas.”
Share with friends and family. Make this a bedtime story selection so you can read it again and again.
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