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One More, One Less
How Many Are There?!

Beginner

During your daily routines, use words “more,” “less” or “same.” 

Tip: Say “One more time!” or “I have the same amount of carrot as you.”

Intermediate

Help your child count objects and talk about the amounts. 

Tip: “We have 5 spoons, show me the same amount using your fingers?” and, “How many would you have if we had 1 less?”

Experienced

Have your child count objects and ask questions using larger numbers.

Tip: “We have 15 rocks, how many would we have if we add 5 more?” and, “How many would we have if we took 5 away?” 

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Why is this important?

Using the words “less,” “more” or “same” helps children learn vocabulary to compare quantities.

Looking for More Information?

Check out our printable 100 Chart!

Reference: Fazio, L. K., Bailey, D. H., Siegler, R. S., & Thompson, C. A. (2014). Relations of different types of numerical magnitude representations to each other and to mathematics achievement. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 123(1), 53–72. Gimbert F, Camos V, Gentaz E, Mazens K. What predicts mathematics achievement? Developmental change in 5- and 7-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 2019;178:104-120.

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