Use this storybook guide with the book “Let’s Count.” Many public libraries have this book.
About the Story
“Let’s Count” invites your child to count the animals on each page, from one to 10. The orderly arrangement of animals in rows and columns and the yellow circles on each animal help your child to count carefully and accurately. The last page introduces many ladybugs—more than 10!
Words to Learn
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, little, many
grinning, toucans, chatty, slithering, fuzzy, toddling, glints
About the Math
“Let’s Count” is a counting book. When counting the number of animals on each page, your child can learn:
- How to keep track of the number of animals. While counting out loud, your child can touch each yellow circle.
- How to name and read the counting words in order: one, two, three, four, etc.
- That the last number of animals counted represents the total number of animals.
Math Talk During Reading
- EXPLORE COUNTING THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS
How many animals are there?
- HELP YOUR CHILD POINT TO EACH ANIMAL OR EACH DOT ONCE AND ONLY ONCE DURING COUNTING
Let’s touch each animal in order as we count slowly: one, two, three…
- CONNECT THE NUMBER OF YELLOW CIRCLES AND ANIMALS
Are there the same number of yellow circles as animals? How do you know?
- MAKE PREDICTIONS
What number do you think will come next? How do you know?
- EXPLORE COUNTING BACKWARDS FROM 10 TO ONE
Do you remember what comes before five? Let’s count backwards from 10!
Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!
Activity After Reading
- TALK ABOUT COUNTING EVERYDAY OBJECTS
Let’s count the number of toys on your bed