It used to really bother me when my students filled out a hundred chart in random order. I wanted them to start at and finish at 100, demonstrating that they can count in order, and that they could print all the numbers. But I’ve changed my thinking on this.
Here is some work we did this week:
In each of these examples, the child is following a pattern. It’s not always the standard counting pattern usually it’s the patterns in the one’s place.
This tells me more about my growing mathematicians than whether or not they can count to 100.
Next week we are going to fill in the numbers from 101-200. I can’t wait to see what patterns they continue to use to fill out the chart! And I really can’t wait for the conversations we’ll have around this!