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My little 4-year-old daughter has really caught on to counting past twenty this month. She finally gets the pattern. She has been begging to do math lately, so I thought I would work on counting to 100 with her. We have a poster size hundred chart. I pulled it out and we counted together all the way to 100. When we reached it she was so excited that she ran to tell her big brother. She was just beaming. Then she came running back and said “more math!!” It have to tell you that it is these moments that a homeschooling mom (or any teacher) lives for!
I remembered the book that I have, One Hundred Hungry Ants, by Elinor J. Pinczes. We read that together and used our little counting animals in place of ants. My older son thought this was so much fun and joined right in.
We started by counting out one hundred animals by placing them right on the numbers of the hundred chart.
In the book, the ants are on their way to a picnic. They are in a single file line at the beginning.
Then the littlest ant decides that it would be quicker on 2 rows of 50- we split our row in half to line them up in 2 rows.
The book goes on- each time the ants line up in different ways that add up to 100. This concept was great for my 1st grader as he worked out the addition and multiplication problems that the book presented.