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# Starting School: Preparing for Maths Class 2

I hope that you liked my post about “One Mole Digging a Hole”. Did any of you purchase this book yet?! Today’s post continues on from this and gives your child/class more opportunities to count objects.

The Irish Curriculum Guidelines for Junior Infant “Counting” is below:

You can see that your child will be expected to count from 1-10 and to push objects to the side when counting.

This fun fishing game will allow your child to do just this! The numbers are from 1-5 in level one. Level two is the same only the fish are quicker swimmers 😉

The object of Fishin’ Mission is to drag the appropriate number of fish  into the net. The fun bit is catching them!

Fishin’ Mission will teach or reinforce some vitally important Mathematical Concepts for your child:

No oral cues are given so your child must read the numerals 1-5 in order to play.

Cardinality

The number name given to the last object/image tells you how many objects you have counted.

* If you look at the image above you can see that I have placed 4 fish in the net as the  Fisherman shows the numeral 4

Stable-order

Counting words are recited in the correct order each time .

Counting aloud “1, 2, 3, 4, 5″ shows stable order is achieved. Counting aloud” 1, 2, 3, 5, 4″ shows that stable order is not yet achieved.

Note:

You cannot put too many fish into the net. Once the correct number is achieved the game accepts this and moves on.  If your child is still hesitant at counting please play the game together. You will need to see and hear that he/she is counting and dragging correctly and not just guessing or randomly dragging the fish! You can help your child be counting aloud together as you drag the fish.

If your child fails to put the correct number into the net before the time runs out the Fisherman will tell you and allow you to have another go!

There is lots of learning potential from Fishin’ Mission. I hope that your child enjoys playing it as he/she prepares for school.

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂