Subitizing Games: Assessing Preschoolers’ Number Understanding

  • Subitizing Games: Assessing Preschoolers’ Number Understanding

    Beth L. MacDonald and Jessica F. Shumway
    Use young children’s quick attention to numerosity to evaluate their grasp of number while they engage in game play.
    Diana, a student who is five years five months old, is shown seven dots (see fig. 1a) and quickly states that she saw “seven.” When asked, “How do you know you saw seven?” Diana explains that she saw “three around, and that’s six; and there’s one in the bottom, and that’s seven.”
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