Preschool Math: Mastering Number Recognition and Counting (page 2)

Preschool Math: Mastering Number Recognition and Counting

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Updated on Aug 6, 2013

One-to-One Correspondence is the matching up of a verbal or written number with an object. When a child has mastered one-to-one correspondence, he can touch objects as he counts them.

How to practice it:

  • Have your child count at mealtime by matching up napkins and spoons, counting plates and cups for each family member or doing a count to be sure there are enough chairs when you have company for dinner.
  • Make snack time learning time by writing the numbers 1-12 in the bottom of an egg carton and have your child count the appropriate number of small crackers, cereal or cookies into each section. Keep the egg carton on top of the fridge or pantry for repeated practice.
  • Count everything as you go through the day. Count the steps as you go up and down, count the number of times the phone rings before you answer it, the number of toys you put in a bathtub or how many books you read before bedtime. Put stickers on a piece of paper and have your child touch each one as he counts.

Playful, hands-on games are the most effective and fun activities for the way young children learn. You don’t have to purchase expensive educational toys, just use what is around you to spark curiosity about numbers in your child. You can count on success when your child learns basic math skills through play!

Find out more with our Essential Guide to Preschool Math!

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