How to Teach : Before and After Numbers concept for Mont III child

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Malleswari 2012-06-21 10:38:27


As I sit with my daughter for her daily study, I am really confused how to teach her the concept of Before and After Numbers. Can someone suggest some tips to make her understand this concept.

mikukiku 2012-06-21 11:00:28


Hi malleswari,

 I share the tips followed by me to teach my kids..

first thing is she should know the order of numerals by heart...and she should know the difference between after and before.

I used foam numbers..arranged it on the floor in order and asked them to touch the number and say from 1 till 10...(my kids are young and hence I used only till 20)..ask questions like what is after 2 or before 2.... they  will look on the numbers and reply...keep repeating with different no.s and also the order..

I also used bead numbers and asked them to join the beads in order in a string...I also tried the same with alphabets..

Once they are familiar with the order and sequence...started playing no. games with them..while I am feeding them or at bed times or while they will answer me by keeping the order in memory..

Try it and revert


RoshMom 2012-06-21 11:25:56



As Miku said, first she should know the forward sequence. You can use a 10 X 10 number grid with numbers written on it. When she sees the pattern in which the number appears, she will get an idea of the sequence.

Everyday make it a habit to count numerous things in reverse order. First start with her soft toys. Count 5 toys first and always associate the number with the number of objects. Start removing one from the group and ask her to tell you the total. repeat this with different things for a count of 5 for a couple of days. Then gradually increase the no of objects to 10, 15, 20 etc and repeat the process. count while climbing the stairs. When you know the number of stairs, start counting down the next time you climb the stairs.

You can play snake and ladders with her in reverse order starting from 100 to reach 1.

Play card games like rummy with her to encourage her to form the sequence.

Make your own board game. for e.g draw a long rectangle and divide it into 50 equal parts and write the numbers from 50 to 1 on them. Roll the dice to move your game piece to move from 50 to 1 (similar to snake and ladders). Add more game rules to move forward or backward with specific no of moves. it will be more fun if she gets to play with the one she makes. 

Draw a part of the number grid and ask her to fill it. See the below image for an example. 




She won't be able to master it in a day. It takes some time. 


RoshMom 2012-06-21 11:30:27




mikukiku 2012-06-21 12:00:40


Superb roshmom

Is there any website to prepare this no.grid


RoshMom 2012-06-21 12:29:25


Sorry don't know miku. Just took a pic of one of my son's worksheets


mikukiku 2012-06-21 12:39:05


Ok Roshmom...I could custom prepare these worksheets by hand.. no issues..


Malleswari 2012-06-21 14:16:45


@mikukiku : Thanks so much for your tips. I shall definitely try and update the progress in my child. Regarding worksheets, you can try & I find both the websites useful.

@Roshmom: Asusual, you always top the idea score board... thx a ton.



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