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What is an effective way to teach your preschooler how to count and indentify numbers?

My almost 5 year old son has a very very short attention span so the window of opportunity I do have with him I want it to count (no pun intended!) :) What are some ways to teach your preschooler or kindergartner aged child how to identify numbers and such? I thought I'd also add that we home school. Do wine coolers count, Z? :) I will say this, that watching Sesame Street has been a big help.

Asked By: T-Mama - 1/20/2011
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At 5? Hm... More
Answered By: Just call me Hor. - 1/20/2011
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Throw away the television.
Answered By: Erik Nostin - 1/20/2011
 
slowly increase the number of beers you ask them to get you, also changing it up from time to time works too... More
Answered By: Zorro Leaving 4Ever - 1/20/2011
 
my son picked it all up from watching Dora--no joke!! Before his second birthday he could count to 10. He is now almost 3 and can count to 20 and identify written numbers 1-10 however he sometimes calls ten --one zero or one circle---but i understand how that is confusing for him lol. Each child is different ---... More
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Answered By: Jenn H ~#2 on the way! - 1/20/2011
 
I have flashcards with letters and numbers that I bought when mine turned 3. I would go over them with her a few times a week... More
Answered By: Jillzilla - 1/20/2011
 
The Brainy Baby books are wonderful!
Answered By: Cindy D - 1/20/2011
 
If your son is a visual learner, you could put up posters with numbers in an area in your house where he frequents. Posters and a lot of other visual aids helped my daughter learn the alphabet and numbers too. They are effective because she would just look at the wall when she wants to and she also became more... More
Answered By: Gagazine.com - 1/20/2011
 
Hopscotch helped my 5 year old a lot. One day she was playing at preschool and the hopscotch mat got all jumbled up. It comes apart and goes together like a puzzle. That little stinker (she was 3 or 4 at the time) jumped on the mat and called out each number as she hopped, even though they were mixed up! So anyway... More
Answered By: india lima foxtrot - 1/20/2011
 
I have 4 kids, so it is hard to give them the time they deserve to get with me individually. Now, I know there are alot of people out there who say that TV is bad for kids, but I only let them watch the Noggin Channel (I have to pay extra for this channel with Comcast) Noggin is ONLY shows that kids can learn from... More
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Answered By: Kristine Walker - 1/20/2011
 
Flashcards to learn to recognize them Using toys or snacks to learn to count
Answered By: Mama2Jade - 1/20/2011
 
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