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: Â  This is the word “ONE”. Child: Â  But shouldn’t it start with a “W”? Yes, that would make more sense, but it starts with a “O”. Â  This is the word “TWO”. Why is the “W” there? Â  Can’t we just use that “W” in “One”? I give up! Â  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. Â  He works on it for awhile and may have a question or two, but likes to figure it out on his own. Â  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. . We’ll get there. Â  One day, till then, we are enjoying out homemade DIY learning resources.

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My name is Holly Homer & I am the Dallas mom of three boysâ€¦

## 15 Comments

1. Esther says:

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.

2. buffi says:

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.

3. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

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

4. Melinda says:

I love this! I’m definitely bookmarking your blog! BTW, found you from Skip To My Lou-Made By You Monday! Thanks for sharing!

5. Naomi says:

What a great idea! Putting this on my Pinterest!