At RCNS We do Apple Math

Apple picking time is prime time for  introducing and reinforcing math concepts.

ten aples“Ten Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss (written under the pseudonym of Theo Le Sieg) and illustrated by Roy McKie  is one of the most humorous ways to start.


Seuss’ jaunty rhymes and McKie’s comic illustrations tickle children’s funny bones while reinforcing one of the most basic math tasks, counting with one-to-one correspondence. Jean Piaget, a french  psychologist, studied the development of children’s intelligence and concluded that one-to-one correspondence, begins between the ages of 3 and 4 years-old.  This realization that an actual object represents each number we say, as we count, is pivotal to later math skills.


ten apples

Without this foundational concept, the ability to add subtract, multiply and divide are lost. At RCNS we like to count beads, teddy bears, blocks and apples. Solidifying this concept by using a great variety of objects helps young children go beyond the basics and become ready for arithmetic operations.

Happy counting!


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