Can they count the penguins? Then join the dots... following the number formation image, tracing the number six? Finally kids can color in six penguins. The super-chilled penguins and the varied practice hopes to make worksheet time a better experience for all.
It's important to remember the praise-worthy thing in children is trying and trying again... even it's in small doses... not perfection and great outcomes... and whatever we praise as educators, when it can be repeated, will be repeated. What's the old Edison saying, success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!
So the challenge is to connect outcomes (counting to 6 correctly) to the process that lead there (kept trying, showed an interest, asked a good question, started enthusiastically, whatever else you can find). And it's no good saying, but they're not trying! Look more closely, you're sure to find something and start from there! Search for, and find the diamond in the rough and praise THAT when there is some achievement. That way, you can start to get that snowball momentum going.
Other things that are linked to greater growth, learning and achievement are interestingly positive emotions. Studies have found that when various emotions like joy, gratitude, interest, pride, inspiration, amusement and more are felt momentary thought-action repertoire's are expanded (kids see more information, and more options) and then greater resources are built. So apart from positive emotions feeling good, there is also a scientific case for trying to set things up in a way that positive emotions arise to support greater learning.
You're probably already singing a few number songs... "Ten in a bed and the little one said... roll over! roll over!" was always a fave of mine. I suppose you could always start the song you sing at 6 or where your child is currently at.
Finding little opportunities, or better still... creating tailor-made opportunities for counting throughout the day is also a great way to support number familiarity and understanding. When your little ones see the use of numbers in real life situations, especially involving interactions, their fascination will grow. Like one of my favourite writers wrote, "if you want to build a ship, don't drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea".
How about a role play game? If you have movie night at home you could create 6 tickets with the seat number on, and 6 sitting spaces with seat numbers stuck on. A space for all the family and maybe a couple of teddies as well?
"Hello, I'm Patty the penguin. Where is seat number 3 please?"
"Come with me Patty. I'll show you"
Then you can waddle patty to her seat for movie time. I do love penguins walking. That reminds me, I haven't seen happy feet in a while.
Did you know the movie, Mr. Poppers Penguins with Jim Carrey has 6 penguins in? Another perfect opportunity to count 6 while enjoying a heart-warming movie!