Target/tracking or counting beads

February 2, 2016
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I saw some counting beads on pinterest and thought how wonderful they would be for a child who is trying to hit small targets. The child could actually make their own counting beads at their first session and come up with a plan for their targets.

I have seen these used in numeracy lessons and have even seen them used for golf, to keep track of how many strokes a golfer has made.

The list is endless on how to use them for ELSA/school work.

The beads could be made as I have made them in the photos or could be made into bracelets or necklaces. They are so easy to make that a child could make their own therefore taking ownership of them.

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Tracking or target beads using lettered beads. They could have any word their or even their names.

You can make the these tracking beads in any way that you choose. The photo above shows them made with the alphabet beads. These are great because they can spell a word or even their name.

You could use sparkly or shiny beads, different textures, small or large beads depending on whether they are made into bracelets or necklaces. You could put them on a key ring or hang them up in the classroom, one for each child. Parents could use them for their children to encourage the right choices or just to encourage kindness/helpfulness.

The first thing to do is for you and the child to come up with a target. That target could be broken down into however many beads you decide to use or the target could be something like ‘I can move a bead every time I smile at someone today.’

Here is a list of ideas:

  • Each time you smile at someone, move a bead
  • Each time you feel proud, move a bead
  • Each time you feel happy, move a bead
  • Each time you say hi to someone, move a bead
  • Each time you give someone a compliment, move a bead
  • Each time you cheer someone up, move a bead
  • Each time you say ‘Stop!’ in your head and make a better choice, move a bead
  • Each time you ask a friend a question, move a bead
  • Each time you eat a piece of fruit, move a bead
  • Each time you play with a new person, move a bead
  • Each time you tidy your bedroom, move a bead
  • Each time you do a kind deed, move a bead
  • Each time you read a book, move a bead
  • Each time you learn something new, move a bead
  • Each time you do some exercise, move a bead
  • Each time you walk up the stairs, move a bead
  • Each time you go to bed without any fuss, move a bead
  • Each time you stay in my bed all night, move a bead
  • Each time you try a new food, move a bead
  • Each time you write independently, move a bead
  • Each time you give eye contact, move a bead
  • Each time you use good manners such as please, thank you or excuse me, move a bead
  • Each time you take turns, move a bead
  • Each time you tell the truth, move a bead
  • Each time you follow an instruction, move a bead
  • Each time you recognise you are getting angry, move a bead
  • Each time you ask for help, move a bead
  • Each time you line up sensibly, move a bead
  • Each time you get changed for PE quickly, move a bead
  • Each time you put your hand up at carpet time, move a bead

Download: tracking beads

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Instructions on how to make the beads

 

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