A Three Way Counting Activity
Objective: This activity will reinforce the relationship between numerals 1-10 and the corresponding number of objects in 3 ways.
You will need:
large foam numbers
large wooden beads
long piece of thin rope
table top abacus
The first step of this lesson is to familiarize the child with numerals. Let the child use their hands to explore foam numbers. As they handle each foam numeral, have them try to remember which one they are holding. For children with low vision who can see them, use brightly colored foam numerals instead of pastels, since these colors are easier to see. Use a contrasting colored background, such as a black piece of paper under light colored numerals, and a white piece of paper under dark colored numerals. This is really helpful for children with low vision.
The next portion of the lesson will show the student the relationship between the foam numerals and the amount of objects each numeral stands for. Choose a foam numeral. Have the student identify the numeral. Then complete the following:
1. Have the student string the correct number of large wooden beads onto a thin rope.
2. Use an abacus to count the correct number out, while saying each number aloud as the student counts.
3. Count out the correct number of checkers and place them beside the foam numeral.
Evaluation: Teacher will observe the student to determine whether a relationship between the numeral and the correct amount of objects is understood.
A math lesson for visually impaired preschoolers doesn't need to be complicated. With a little extra support, many of the same materials you already use in the classroom can be adapted and used to meet these students' needs.