As I’ve been sharing with the students, there are a few simple steps to mastering the numbers 1-100 in Spanish, and I’ve discovered this streamlined system over my 6+ years of teaching here.
Step 1: Learn to count 1-10. Most students come to school knowing these numbers anymore, but in case a student is not strong with those numbers, this is ground zero.
Step 2: Learn numbers 11-20. Honestly, this is the hardest section because there are two number patterns going on. Numbers 11-15 end with -ce (sounds like “say”), and numbers 16 and up sound like mathematical equations. Ex: ten and six (dieciseis).
Step 3: Learn the 10s place numbers to 100. There really is no need to practice numbers 21-29 because as long as you know the number 20 and the numbers 1-9, you get to mix and match to create the right number. 23 = veintitres (veinte y tres / 20 & 3).
Step 4: Count to 100! If there are no pockets of confusion in steps 1-3, counting to 100 should be a cinch at this point!
Step 5: Memorize the numbers out of order. Sometimes students can count in order, but discover a pocket of confusion as soon as they go out of order. Sometimes children memorize the way counting sounds like a chant or song, but don’t know WHAT number they are always saying. Sometimes numbers 5, 6, and 7 confuse them because they all start with the /s/ sound (same with numbers 50, 60, and 70). Sometimes they know all the numbers except 11-19 out of order. Every child is different, but this step will reveal both strengths and weaknesses in learning. My best advice to get better at numbers out of order is to use flashcards to quiz yourself and to play games. The more the students are encouraged to come up with the number randomly, the faster they will get.
On what timeline should my student accomplish this? Every student is different. As long as your child is working hard and making progress, I am a happy teacher!
– Señorita (Miss) Taylor