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MP DNC Book 1

Developing Number Concepts
Book 1: Counting, Comparing and Pattern

by Kathy Richardson

Chapter 1: Beginning Number Concepts
Through activities in this chapter, children develop an understanding of the beginning number concepts, including meaningful and purposeful counting. The activities help children develop a sense of conservation of number and sense of quantity and number relationships while they also develop a facility with counting.

Chapter 2: Pattern
The activities in this chapter are designed to help children develop a basic understanding of pattern concepts through a variety of ongoing experiences. Children will work with increasingly complex patterns as they make sense of pattern concepts in their own way and in their own time. They will be presented with a great variety of patterns, including patterns of rhythm, color, and arrangement. The emphasis in this chapter is on repeating patterns, but children should also explore growing patterns and number patterns.

Chapter 3: The Concepts of More and Less
The activities in this chapter help children develop an understanding of the concepts of more and less, focusing on the relationships between given quantities. Children work with these concepts at various levels, depending on their understanding. Children's early experiences focus on determining whether one quantity is more or less than another. Later, children move on to determining how many more or how many less one number is than another. The goal is for children to internalize the relationships among numbers to 10 (and later to 20) so that they "know" them without having to figure them out.