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Number Sense to Counting

How 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 that I have Five fingers in one hand and Five toes in my foot.
I realise that all animals have Four legs, most tables have Four legs.
I realise that I have Two eyes, Two ears and all birds have Two legs.
I realise that autorickshaws have Three wheels and tripods have Three legs.

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.
I take another One pencil and put it next to it.
I realise that now I am seeing Two pencils.
Two is something I already know and now I realise that Two is related to One.
I realise that One and One make Two.
I realise that Two is more than One and One is less than Two.
Now I take another One pencil and put it next to my pile.
I realise that now I am seeing Three.
I realise that Two and One make Three.
I realise that Three is more than Two and Two is less than Three
I realise that Three is also more than One and One is less than Three.

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.
Now I see a logic in saying One, Two, Three, Four and Five.
When I say these words, I get mental images of these numbers.

Contributed by S Sundaram

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