1. Click on the button. 2. Have your child count each apple as they pick it from the tree and place it in the basket. 3. Click on the tool to write how high they counted. 4. Click on the green to add to your child’s journal. Simplify: • You move the apples and let them say the numbers, or let them move the apples and you say the numbers with them, (depending on which part they are unable to try.) • Once they count as high as they can, Let them continue to “pick” apples while you model each number for them to repeat. • Move the apples and count them for your child to watch. Use a fun voice! (Count only the number of apples that will match their attention span, even if it’s only 3.) Extend: • Have your child keep counting where they left off as they put the apples back on the tree. Keep moving back and forth until they’ve counted as high as they can. • Once your child reaches their limit, have them tell you how many they counted. Restating the total can be really challenging. Many times a child will just start counting again. • Have them count a specific number of apples and ask them to write the number of the total. Example: “Pick 5 apples for me. Now write the number 5.” Core Standards: • M3yr.1.1 – Count to ten by ones. • M4yr.1.1 – Count to twenty by ones. • M4yr.1.3 – Count a number of objects from 0-10 and begin to associate them with a written numeral. • M4yr.1.6 – When counting objects to ten, understand that the last number counted in a set tells how many.