We are learning to tally! We are starting to tally with popsicle sticks, then we will move on to pencil lines! Tallying helps us keep track of our counting -- especially with ongoing results. It will be really useful later in the year when we begin to count by fives.
Tallying 2 (II) is very confusing to begin with , as when it is written with pencil it looks like 11 (eleven) . Popsicle sticks make the concept of tallying much clearer.