Learning to count is a significant achievement. Counting requires the learner to co-ordinate a number of key principles to make sense of the various contexts in which counting is used. Learning to count takes time to master. Children need a range of opportunities to hear the language associated with counting and engage in everyday activities to develop an understanding of how counting works in the various situations it is used. Reading a story with others or reading a picture book for themselves can provide children with an opportunity to practice their counting in a meaningful way. Through describing the counting opportunities evident in specific picture books, this article aims to demonstrate how parents and/or teachers can use picture books to support children in understanding the contexts and principles of counting.
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