# Number Words

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One of the things I have noticed over the last few years working with my boys on both phonics and math is that number words are hard!

It goes a little like this:

Me:  This is the word “ONE”.

Yes, that would make more sense, but it starts with a “O”.  This is the word “TWO”.

Why is the “W” there?  Can’t we just use that “W” in “One”?

I give up!  It doesn’t make sense and don’t even get me started on the spelling of “FOUR”!

This year I again have a Kindergartner, so I decided to add a daily activity to our Math Meeting to overcome the number word challenge.

## Teaching Children Numbers

1. I started by creating a word document with large type with numbers listed on the left and then with the same size font spelled out the number words.
2. Then I printed them out and pasted the numbers onto left-over scrapbook paper and cut the number words into slips of paper.
3. I then laminated both the number board and the number word cards.
4. Then Velcro was attached to the back of the word cards.

If I had to do it over again, I would not laminate it because then the Velcro doesn’t stick well and we ended up using the sticky portion of the Velcro, not the Velcro-y portion which just seems like a waste of perfectly good Velcro.

I love that Rhett(5) can do this activity by himself.  He works on it for awhile and may have a question or two, but likes to figure it out on his own.  This is a big step since he hasn’t gotten the hang of sounding words out yet so he is using a mixture of first letter sounds and sight word recognition.

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We’ll get there.  One day, till then, we are enjoying out homemade DIY learning resources.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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From our partners:

1. Great idea! I also like those little clippies you have to organize everything on a rod. Thanks for sharing!

2. This is great way to work on numbers. I think I would use clothes pins.

3. How fun! Like the Idea of laminating the numbers! Have to make a laminated number chart for my daughter!

4. Wow – this is great. As a math mom (and math publisher/blogger) with a 2 year old, I’m really focused on counting. I even had Husband sing the 1-2-3 song to the a-b-c tune and I made a video of it: http://mathfour.com/sets-and-counting/the-1-2-3-song

I’ll be linking back here, for sure!

Thanks, Holly!

5. This is a great idea and you could even make it into Bingo – words on bingo card and numbers pulled out of a jar. Have a look at my alphabet bingo
http://pretendandmove.blogspot.com/2011/09/power-of-playing-let-games-begin-wk2.html

6. I love this idea! I found you over on the Mommy Club blog hop and I am glad I did! Your blog is great!
As a newer blogger it is always fun to come accross great sites like yours.

7. Great activity! I agree that learning number words are difficult.

8. LOL, so many words in the English language that just don’t make much sense when they’re spelled! Great idea.

9. Now, why didn’t I think of that. Happy Homescholling!

10. It’s always entertaining to see it from the perspective of a child! This is a great tip I may have to try! Visiting from TT&J.

11. What a great idea! Putting this on my Pinterest!

12. Melinda says:

13. English is my second language, so teaching my daughter to read was quite the adventure. The “why” question came up a lot

14. Just a thought….instead of using velcro, you could still laminate, but use the magnetic tape. Then it might not peel off as easily & your paper might last longer. Don’t know how well it would work in PRACTICE, but in theory, it seems good. I used that magnetic tape & the sticky magnets all the time when the kids were younger. Once they’re in high school it’s just embarrassing. Allegedly.

15. I let my daughter play around word document to create a DIY number chart and we laminated it. We got the inspiration to laminate from your post so I have linked back to your post.