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I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tips for Teaching Number Word Recognition

We all know that teaching number words can be a challenge, not only do most of them require memorization but the connection between the word and number can be a challenge for young children. Here are some tips to making your instruction of number words more successful.

1. Display large number cards that have the number word on each. These were a free set from 1-30 I found on teacherspayteachers.com, they are perfect for my jungle theme. (8.5x11)
2. Use cards with the number word only and flash them as you count. Practice this every morning during your number word recognition unit.

3. Create or find a center that practices matching the number to its word. Here is the one i am using right now and the children just love it! They are having so much success using this unit and being able to check their answers against the large number cards i have hanging on the wall. You can find this center in my Insect Invasion Unit. Click this link to view: Bugs-Math-and-Literacy

4. Use a cut and paste activity to match the word to its number. My class worked for 20 minutes silently on this, the cutting and pasting was fun for them and they had to concentrate on placing the correct number owrd right next to the number. I was so proud of them! This is available in my Frog Fun Unit on TpT: Click this link to view: Frog-Fun-Math-Centers

5. Use a read the room activity to write the number words next to the correct number. Instruct the children to count the objects on the cards, then write the word on the recording sheet. My class especially enjoys read the room this year, I am using it in many different ways, this particular set of cards from 1-50 is available in my Frog Fun unit onTpT, click this link to view: Frog-Fun-Math-Centers

I hope these tips and resources are helpful to your instruction.
Till next time, 


  1. These are great tips!

    Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog is an inspiration! =)

    Have you ever heard of Conscious Discipline? I would love for you to come read about it if you get the chance. It is amazing. It is all about building the School Family but it also shares ways to help young children with things like controlling their anger and making choices. My recent post is about making choices. =)

    Thank you for all you do and share.

    Heather's Heart

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  2. Thanks for coming by.

    I do teach my kiddos about obeying quickly and that there are times you do not get choices. Conscious Discipline is actually used in many Head Start programs and in the 3 year old program in several districts that are all at-risk kiddos. It does work and I agree completely that there are times when safety has to be first and the kiddos know this. Choices do help as children are learning to become more independent. Classroom management is different in a pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade classroom and that is one of the reasons I don't teach the really big kiddos! =)

    I am glad I found your blog and will stop by often. I am going to share it with the pre-K teachers in my district because it is wonderful and will provide them with lots of great ideas and resources. =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. Oops! I also meant to say I agree with you about letting a child win an argument and I don't because you are so right that others will then try it too! It is a fine line between choices and obedience the first time. And like I said, there are still times I struggle with things. It is when the kiddos are moving into their brain stem and shutting down that often giving 2 positive choices helps.

    Thank you for sharing because you helped me realize I need to share this point next time I blog! =)

    Heather's Heart


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