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! number wordsIt goes a little like this: Me:   This is the word “ONE”. Child:   But shouldn’t it start with a “W”? 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.

number words - math meeting for KindergartenTeaching 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.
number words worksheetIf 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. . We’ll get there.   One day, till then, we are enjoying out homemade DIY learning resources.

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  1. 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.

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

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