Subitizing is the ability to tell how many objects in a set without having to count. When you first start using subitizing cards children will want to count each object individually, but the goal is to encourage them to see the entire amount without counting. The sets for the larger numbers are specifically designed to help kids see smaller sets within and combine them to create the larger set. Even in the smaller sets some configurations are easier for children to subitize than others. For instance, my son can instantly tell me “five” when it is in the familiar dice pattern but has to count when the five are arranged into a set of 3 and 2.
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