Just as with letter formation, unconventional ways of forming numerals makes legibility a real impediment: it’s bad enough that the teacher can’t read the work, even worse that the students themselves can’t! When students’ difficulty with numeral formation stems from laterality issues, I introduce the numerals in groups: the “drop down” numbers (1, 4, 5), the “start left, move right” numbers (2, 3, 7), then the “start right, move left” numbers (6, 8, 9 and 0). We make it a chant:
Drop down numbers one, four, five;
Left to right? Two, three, seven;
Right to left, six, eight, nine, zero.” Yeah, it doesn’t exactly rhyme, but put the emphasis on the right syllables and it’s still chantable.
[Note: If your child has not learned how to reliably, consistently and confidently count to 10 correctly, drill that into his/her little head for MONTHS before teaching this chant! This order is just for help in numeral formation.]
Susan, Morris Tutoring Productions