There is a lot that can be done with ten little dots. One dot can be made into the sun, two dots can be the beady little eyes of a fox. Three dots can become the face of a snowman. Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews is a wonderful counting book that accomplishes a lot with something so simple. This fun picture book has become a classic in many schools and homes.
March 24, 2020
Activities related to counting books can spark a lot of conversation and creativity. These English and Spanish-language activity cards are great for printing and using at home and school.
To encourage and develop children’s counting knowledge, here are eight books (with an accompanying download) that are common to preschool classrooms.
Melinda Chum is one of many teachers who have found great ways to do math with Donald Crews’ wonderful picture book 10 Black Dots. Children love going through the pages, exploring how 2 black dots form the eyes on a fox or 4 black dots can be seen as the tires on a vehicle.
There’s nothing like a stack of attractive counting books to help young children explore number. However, it’s worth taking the time to analyze exactly how the numbers in the book are put to work, so as the children’s number sense grows, they can play with more complex understandings.