Counting is the foundation of nearly every math concept in preschool and kindergarten. Similar to learning the letters of the alphabet, counting is a skill that is mastered through exposure and practice.
The beginning worksheets will give your child practice counting from 1 to 10 and identifying each of the printed numbers 1 through 10.
As your child completes these worksheets, remind him to point to each number as he says it aloud. Pointing to each number as he counts will help him keep track of his place in the number order. Also, by counting aloud, he will be able to hear each number as he says it, which will help him identify the missing number.
Once your child is able to comfortably complete the beginning worksheets, introduce him to the intermediate worksheets.
The intermediate sheets have more than one number missing from each row and your child will need to count from 1 to 20. Also, your child will have to write in the missing numbers instead of being able to select a number from only two options, as with the beginning worksheets.
If your child knows the missing number but is unable to properly write it, have him verbally dictate the missing number to you. You can write it for him on a scrap of paper or next to the blank line. Then, ask your child to copy the number from your sample onto the blank line. If copying the number from your model is too challenging, try lightly writing the number on the blank line and then asking your child to trace over your writing. After your child learns to print each of the numbers, you can reintroduce these worksheets and have him write in the missing number without your model.
When your child is able to complete the intermediate worksheets by properly identifying each of the missing numbers (even if he is unable to write in all of the numbers himself), challenge him with the advanced counting worksheets.
The advanced worksheets will challenge your child to count from 1 to 50 and 1 to 100. Also, these worksheets have multiple missing numbers on each row. As with learning to count from 1 to 10 or 1 to 20, repetition and exposure will help your child master this skill.
To help your child complete these worksheets, show him the patterns that exist naturally in math, such as every tenth number ending in the same digit (as with 10, 20, and 30 all ending with the numeral 0 or the numbers 25, 35, and 45 all ending with the numeral 5). You may want to print numerous copies of these advanced worksheets so your child can have multiple opportunities to practice counting to 50 and 100.