When children with special needs learn, often they need more practice than their typically developing peers. Even their typically developing peers often have to do at least a few repetitions before mastering a new concept.
Here are some simple counting strips – numbers 1 through 5 with dots and numerals. (Click on the strips for a free printable PDF; and yes, I know I posted one of these the other day, but I wanted to give you a three-pack so you can use all three at one sitting.) Cut these strips out and use with any manipulatives. I like to tie the manipulatives we’re using in with the theme of the week. Since we’re working on the letter O this week, we’re using shells (“Ocean” theme), Fruit Loops (Os) and orange circles. You’ll find three strips on the page because I find three to be a good number of repetitions when working with Noah (6-Down syndrome). I gather three sets of manipulatives and have him do three strips per sitting. One item goes in each square, and we count sequentially 1-5.