This table has loose parts with 10 small shells, 10 cubes, ten redwood cones, and ten wood slices. in the wooden pineapples, there are 5 yellow lady bugs and 5 red lady bugs in one, and the other one has 5 large stones and 5 colored stones, so to allow children to determine the quantity of objects in a small set without counting. This is called subitizing. We also do this with balls and hoops.
This is just one part of our hands-on math. Children choose math blocks with number cards and together we count. In this picture above, M says,"Look Miss Lisa. I made my fingers like the blocks; 5 here and 5 here."