## Number Sense to CountingHow did counting develop? Imagine a situation where I have 2 friends Ashok & Pawan. Ashok is my classmate and Pawan plays cricket with me near my house. One day Ashok comes home to watch cricket. He meets Pawan and there I come to know that they are actually cousins. I already knew Ashok & Pawan individually. Now my understanding of both of them has increased by realising that they are cousins. The important fact is that not knowing that they were cousins, did not prevent me from knowing them individually. Similarly a child can understand numbers from one to five independently without knowing the relation between them. I realise that I have One Head and I am One boy. I realise these by constantly seeing them in my environment and at home and seeing myself. Then much like Ashok and Pawan are cousins, I realise that numbers one, five, three, four and two are also related. I take One pencil. Ultimately I realise that Five is One more than Four, which is One more than
Three, which is One more than Two, which is One more
than One. Contributed by S Sundaram |