Inside: When you think about math for preschoolers, you probably think about counting. But, before kids can learn to count they need to have an understanding of one-to-one correspondence. Learn how to use ten frames to help kids understand the concept of one-to-one correspondence.
When you think about math for preschoolers, you probably think about counting. But, before kids can learn to count they need to have an understanding of one-to-one correspondence. When kids begin to count objects, they often assign more than one number to an object because they have not yet mastered one-to-one correspondence. Let say I have a handful loose buttons and ask children to count them. A child who hasn’t mastered one-to-one correspondence points to one button and says “one, two” . Then the child points to another button and says “three”. Finally, the child points to yet another button and says “four, five”. This child is able to recite the numbers in correct order, but did not actually count the buttons. One way to help kids understand that one number word is assigned to one object is to ask kids to touch and place objects as they count them.
Ten Frames for One-to-One Correspondence Practice
Using a five or ten frame is a great way to provide kids with a system to organize and match objects as they count them. Kids can place one object in each square on the ten frame as one number is assigned each objects. Each object can have it’s own little home on the ten frame.
A Printable Ten Frame for You
If you need a ten frame, I have created a b&w printable ten frame for you. CLICK HERE to get it.
This is the Fun Part
Of course, I love to decorate my ten frames. You can use stickers or small pictures to compliment a classroom theme or the specific interests of a child. Use any type of counters. Think plastic erasers, figures, bugs, cars, buttons, coins, bottle caps, crackers.……
Today I used star stickers (from an after Christmas clearance sale) to decorate a ten frame. Patriotic erasers work perfectly as a coordinating counter. This set will be especially fun to use on any patriotic holiday, during the Olympics, or even for superhero themes
More Math for Preschoolers
I love ten frames because they can be used to work on so many difference early math concepts. You and your kids may also enjoy some of the ten frame resources from store. Click on the pictures below to check them out.