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If your child is already in preschool or has started kindergarden, then chance are, you have heard the term "one-to-one correspondence" before. Maybe it's been listed on their Skills Accomplished list or Report Card.
It is usually explained as the ability to match one object to one (corresponding) number or object.
Example: 1 egg per egg carton holder. 12 total.
Example: 2 socks to 2 shoes.
This concept is so fundamental that we often don't even think about it. Most people want to jump right into teaching their kiddos to count 1-10. While Rote learning (memorizing counting numbers) is a handy tool, it can just be like singing a song and have no meaning to them. In order to lay a strong foundation for mathematic understanding they need to fully understand the meaning behind each of those little ol' numbers!
Children (all people really) learn best by using concrete examples, hands-on and FUN learning!
There are so so many ways to practice this concept for all developmental levels and can be as simple as:
- Count your fingers and toes (touching each of them).
- Count all of the animals in a book.
- Covering the numbers 1-5 with the corresponding amount of stickers.
- Counting the trees or cars you pass on a walk!
Teacher Tip- 3 techniques to help teaching this concept:
- Scanning- Have your child move their hand over the object as you count out loud. Better yet...touch it!
- Organize- If the items are scattered about you can move them together. Once counted, you can move them into a line or in an organized shape. Your child can then go back if they lose track, reorganize their thoughts, and pick back up.
- Partition- Assign separate "compartments" for all objects, counted and not yet! Like egg cartons, cups, baskets, paper cut into different shapes labeled with a number.
Do NOT let this explanation scare you. Most likely you are already doing these things and you hadn't even thought about it! See you are a teacher!
Here is an example of us playing (and secretly practicing 1-to-1 correspondence yesterday).
And do not let these two pictures fool you. This lasted all of about 3 minutes!
There are so many ways to practice this! Here are some from a quick google image search:
What other ways do you practice this concept? Please share!