Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: Counting

In Na Pua Keiki the teachers know that counting is not as simple as one might think.  
It is actually very complex. We are developing a sophisticated sense of what counting is and what kind of counting we ought to focus on in teaching. This allows us to better assist children with the development of counting skills and mathematical thinking. There are two kinds of counting, rote counting, which is matching a number name in order to objects, as well as understanding that when you counted the last item in the set, that number represents the total of the objects in the set. This allows young children to conduct number operations, compare sets (more or less), and identify equivalence (sameness).