# Kindergarten COUNTING Filling Buckets Number Square Visual Math

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Help children learn to count to 100 with understanding of amounts. This number square has buckets that become full as you approach the tens number and then empty out again as they cross/bridge the tens numbers. Fantastic for dyscalculia or special education kids who need a bit of extra help. Blank version included for them to color in.

Covers Kindergarten common core:

K.CC.A.1 Count to 100 by ones and tens
K.CC.A.2 Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality

How to use the buckets number square.

I tutor children who often really struggle with maths. This is always because they have not grasped the foundations in the early years or have got lost a little later on. Some of my students do not understand amounts, so learning to count by rote is pointless. They simply do not understand the difference between 13 and 30, they don’t know that 20 is more than 19 etc. I have students who have dyscalculia and I developed this bucket number square to help them and it worked BRILLIANTLY!

You will need to emphasise what’s happening as you count. I start off with my hands close together and move them further apart as the number increases. As I get to 10 I say “oooo, getting really full up now—TEN!” and I then start to decrease the amount as we get to 11 to help with bridging the tens. If you do this every time then it will really help children who have problems remembering number order.

A tip about the difference between 13 and 30, 14 and 40 etc: Use the ’cup of tea’ method for the tens numbers. Especially if you have children with hearing difficulties as they really cannot differentiate between the sounds. I say with great emphasis “40, cup of tea!”

Once they have grasped it, get them to count backwards. I hope it helps!
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