To provide the foundation needed in elementary school and higher education, children are taught basic mathematical skills as early as preschool. An early math skill taught in preschool is counting by one-to-one correspondence.
Keep on reading to know more about this approach and how to do it more efficiently.
One-to-One Correspondence as the Foundation of Counting.
One-to-one correspondence is the ability to match an object to its equivalent number. This method helps students to understand that numbers are not just there to be memorized by them but are actually symbols which represent quantity.
Importance of 1:1 Correspondence
In some cases, children just memorize and recite the numbers like they have no other meaning. With one-to-one correspondence, we’ll be sure that they understand how numbers are used. When they finally learn about numbers, learning math will be easier for them.
How do we start with teaching 1:1 correspondence?
- Find ways for the children to get inclined with counting.
We as parents and teachers are aware of how important our roles are to the early childhood development. As their most powerful influencers, we should encourage them enough and make learning interesting for them so that they’ll love counting soon enough.
- Start by aligning objects to make counting easier for them.
Some children get confused when counting objects which are not arranged. Putting a few objects in a line will make it easier for them. Add more objects when they get the numbers correctly. See to it that they won’t count the same object twice.
- Test them by jumbling these objects and make them count these again.
When they successfully counted objects placed in a line, try scattering them around. Let your child count these objects. After that, reorder these again. Ask your child to count it once more. This approach leads your child to understand that the arrangement of objects is irrelative to their quantity.
- Include one-to-one counting in the physical activities the child enjoys the most.
Of course, playtime and learning time with your child won’t end without some jumping, dancing, and clapping. Because most children enjoy these physical activities, you may also try to incorporate one-to-one counting with these. Have your child count as you jump or clap. Take this as another opportunity to teach them.
- Prepare creative learning games and activities that would excite them.
Aside from the ones you can buy at local shops or online, you can also have DIY projects to guide your child in counting. There are many resources out there for you to try out.
It may take a while for the young children to truly learn how to count. Good thing we know how to teach them one-to-one correspondence.