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does anyone have any tricks on teaching a child how to count backwards?

she can count backwards from 20...but thats it..and in math right now they are doing alot of "what number comes BEFORE ___" ex..67, 89, 42, 70 etc...and she just cant figure it out!! help!!! (gr 1)


Asked by alexis_06 at 1:16 PM on Jan. 18, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • This takes a lot of repetition with some kids. You may have to do it with her (in a fun way) every night.

    You could make number cards using index cards and have her put them in order - it is tactile and visual. With my son, I've had to try different ways of getting him to pay attention. Some gets learn by listening, some by doing (writing, putting things in order, etc.), some by reading. If she can count back from 20 she can get this.

    Answer by sweetpotato418 at 1:35 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • I started out with holding up all 10 fingers... putting down one finger at a time, going backwards... once the concept is there, if they can count however high, they already have the basic concept

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 1:18 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Take the first number off, so if the question is what comes before 67? take off the 6 and ask what comes before 7? then add the 6 back on and the answer is 66.

    Answer by austinsmama1106 at 1:20 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • yaaa, that doesnt work with my daughter..

    Comment by alexis_06 (original poster) at 1:21 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • yaa, i tried that to..telling her it will always be 6...then just going backwards from the 7...but...she doesnt understand!!!

    Comment by alexis_06 (original poster) at 1:22 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • try printing out a chart with the numbers 1-100 and have her study it each night while doing her homework. yes, in the beginning she will be using the chart a lot but hopefully after a little while she will know it! good luck

    Answer by austinsmama1106 at 1:24 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • I got a poster of the numbers 1-100, from an office supply store, they have a kids section, with different educational posters, and it works great for counting, regularly, by 10's, 5's, etc. Good luck!

    Answer by minimo77 at 1:28 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Boil water in microwave, have child watch numbers and count backwards with it.

    Answer by higherboundmom at 10:49 PM on Jan. 18, 2011