Today I was talking with one of our elementary teachers – she is fantastic by the way (not to brag), but she totally is! She has impeccable weekly lesson plans posted in her classroom, rapport with her students, and leads her classroom staff with confidence and teamwork. Her group is tough – imagine 7 little ones bursting with energy for 8-hours straight, all at different grade levels, with unique behavior protocols and interventions, all with a variety of support needs- wow! After talking with her, I started to think about how incredibly important our elementary teachers are to our students. They provide the foundation for everything else our students encounter during their educational journey. From identifying letters to read, numbers to add and subtract, to understanding basic classroom routines – they provide a safe environment for our students to explore exactly what “school” even is. One of the toughest things to teach, I think, can be counting! It seems simple to us now, and most of us don’t even remember how we learned that skill. Somewhere along the line, a teacher or family member, sat us down and began teaching us to identify numbers and their meanings. Along the way, that little lesson turned into addition, subtraction, multiplication and more. But it all started with someone teaching us to count to 5, then 10 and so on. Here are some tips and tools for teaching counting to our unique learners!