Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20,count out that many objects.
The sentences above were copied directly from the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten math. For many parents the language is considered overly complicated-"what are they saying?" is often the first response even for teachers.
I found these standards are very good- once you understand them.
The easiest way is to use actual manipulatives.
If you have a bag of a "lot of stuff" intuitively the standard begins to unfold- as in the story pictures below.
These worksheets and suggestions support the following Common Core State Standard:CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC. B.5
Starting with a bag of Creative Hands Smart Foam Hearts? Or a bag of Geo Shapes...
How to do you meet the standard with these hearts and shapes....?
The first step is to separate the hearts and shapes into colors and count how many you have of each color.
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As you work with sorting the shapes into colors, you can work toward future standards by rearranging the shapes, putting all the hearts in the row and then the circles. This process is critical to moving towards standards that go far beyond kindergarten- don't rush this step. It builds future undersanding of decomposing numbers.