# Topic: Counting

## Summary

Counting is one of the most fundamental components of Mathematics. And often goes had in hand with Numeral Systems.

It is also one of the first math skills a parent will deliberately teach their child.

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#### Learning and Teaching HOWTO Count

Before you can tell others how many things you have counted, you need to know the names of the numbers. For most people reading this, you probably already know them already. But if you are trying to teach you child, this is something you need to teach them.

##### Teaching the Names of the Numbers

Like with teaching the Alphabet, you can teach the names of the numbers just by you yourself saying the sequence out loud in their presence (where they can hear you). I.e., say out loud: "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve,...". Do this before the child can even speak. Children at that age are like sponges; this will help them memorize the sequence.

Also, in front of them, count things out. Count out blocks, legos, pieces of food, toys, coins, or whatever. (I.e., point to each object, and go through the sequece of numbers -- "one, two, three, four, etc" -- until you count all the objects.)

Once the child is able to speak, get the the objects out for you.

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-- Mirza Charles Iliya Krempeaux