Using these types of images to prompt a Number Talk are a great way to spend time with children developing number sense concepts such as subitizing (recognizing small groups of items within the larger group), unitizing (treating a group of 4 objects, for example, as 1 unit), flexibility with computational strategies, efficiency and number facts, among others.
Here are some tips on using Number Talk Images at home:
- Choose an image that is accessible to your child.
- Wait! Allow lots of time for observation and thinking. Think time is key.
- Share different ways of seeing the image and how each way of seeing can lead to the same amount found on the image.
- Listen, listen, listen. The adult’s role is not to “teach” or to try and show a specific strategy in order to figure out how many objects are shown in the image. Children need to think for themselves and choose which approach or strategy is most appropriate for the given situation.
- Ask questions to find out more about their thinking.
- Errors are great! Make sure to create a safe environment where errors are opportunities to learn.
- Keep it fun! 10-15 minutes is all that is needed. The goal is to keep children interested, not bored or feeling like it is a chore.
Another fun way to engage with the website is to create your own image with your family. Got some eggs? How about some fruit? Buttons? Cutlery? Almost anything can be organized in an interesting way- just take a picture and submit it to the site. Your family’s image could be added for the enjoyment of all!
Lastly, I am always interested in hearing about conversations prompted by an image from the website. How did it go? What did your child find interesting? What did you find interesting? Please share your experiences by sending them to email@example.com