Aristotle once commented on the importance of repetition in education saying, “It is frequent repetition that produces a natural tendency”. This is how tasks and knowledge can be become second-nature for students. One of the best ways is to practice and rehearse over time and it will become easier. As our students continue to practice a skill like counting he or she will not have to think consciously about this skill, freeing up other mental resources to learn new skills and concepts. It’s about perfecting the skill to eliminate bad habits. Such as counting too fast, skipping items being counted, and not focusing on the items being counted. We spread these skills through out the year so counting tasks stick.
Here the students are playing a counting game of randomly picking numbers on wood rounds, counting out that number of rocks, and recounting to check his or her work.