In kindergarten, counting-up from the first number is always a major ah-ha moment for my students.
Once your students are comfortable counting manipulatives to add two sets of numbers together, counting-up is an important skill to impart to your little ones because it is crucial to addition fluency.
I usually have my students touch their head when they say the first number then count-up using various manipulatives… body parts, bears, blocks, etc..
These practice pages use a die to teach counting-up. It is a fun center activity.
This practice also lends itself to eventually taking away the manipulatives and instead using dot addition to count-up.
I’ve had huge success with this method of teaching addition to my students, so much so, that my students have been far above the end of year benchmarks for math.