If your Kindergartener can count to 20, then you are doing fine. Why does he need to count up to 100 right now? Continue working on it and it will come with practice. Some children learn faster than others. Some need more practice.
With that said, Ems and I would use toothpicks. I would drop them on the floor and she would count as she picked them up. When she got to a point that she couldn't count higher, then I would tell her the next number and so forth.
We would also count beans, same idea as above.
Count while jumping, clapping, stomping their foot.
Do they have cars to play with? Start counting the amount of times the car goes around the track.
...and of course they can always write 1, 2, 3 ... While that is useful and necessary to identify the numbers, playing while counting sticks to the brain better and faster. They aren't just seeing it, they are hearing it and applying the numbers.
He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn't know. - Georg Simmel
Try not to have a good time ... This is supposed to be educational.
- Charles Schulz
It will come. We would count everythingand I mean everything! I am kind of tired of it lol. I also used a hundreds chart with bingo dabbers for the kids to recognize the numbers. And I put a number caterpillar I made up to fifty on the wall. It will come in time. Start with being solid to twenty, then fifty. Also teaching them the pattern to numbers so they understand the repetition helps
I KNOW, I KNOW!!! PICK ME!!! (This is so simple, it's funny!!!).
If you go to this thread: http://www.homeschoolspot.com/showthread.php?t=29393 there's a post I did on how I learned to do it from a "Math Their Way" workshop I took while in the classroom. There's also a picture of Rachael doing it with her younger cousins. I CANNOT tell you how well this "system" works!!! Also, there's another post I did about using the calendar. Another "Math Their Way" idea that is great for K's!
I dont have much of a schedule with my 4 yr old preschooler, we take whatever time we get, in between his older brothers. He does counting every day. I have number cards, and he has to lay them out in order 1-20. Wasnt able to do this in the beginning, but now he can. And then I lay out 3 ir 4 random numbers every day, and he has to make a row of blocks in that amount. I act all silly when he does it right, which is what he LOVES, so he tries hard. And we count to 100 every day, together...he has lots of holes in there still, but we do it together...
Jackie, your idea sounds very promising, I'm going to start that on Monday!