# Math IS Real Life: One-to-One Correspondence

I am so excited to be joining MissMathDork for Math IS Real Life this month.  When I think of math in my life right now or when I think of anything else, really the first thing that comes to mind is my son.  Landon is 16 months old (today!), toddling around, and learning at a rate that is unfathomable to me.  Every time we have mommy-son play time, the teacher in me cannot butt out.

Kids can start learning math at any age.  Make it fun.  Make it meaningful.  Whether they’re 16 months old or 16 years old, I have the same message.  Incorporate math in daily activities to help kids develop a strong number sense and appreciate number relationships.  It’s why I’m a math geek.  Thanks mom!  J

So full disclosure, I like to organize.  I once felt I had an organized home.  I used to be an organized person.  Ok, then Landon came along.  I don’t know how some of you moms out there keep your toys organized... Still together with the original sets with which they arrived.  This is as good as it gets.  Looks okay, but nothing is together with its original companions.

So sometimes when life is crazy, I entertain my toddler by grabbing a handful of random toys and an empty box.

We put the toys in one at a time as we count to five, then we dump them back out and do it all over again.  The level of engagement and entertainment is amazing.  Easy game.  He’s happy.  I’m happy.

I’m especially happy because I know, as a math teacher, that he is learning one-to-one correspondence.  Each time he throws a toy in the box, we say a number.  This is the beginning of learning to count.

As he masters this, the future possibilities are endless.  We can compare, “Which is bigger?”  We can skip count by 2s or 3s.  We can count forwards and backwards.  (I also want to note here that this is also a great activity for learning and practicing colors.)  All with a random box (now drool-stained thanks to the toddler and the dog) and a handful of disorganized toys.

So moms, dads, and toddlers, go play!  You’ll have a little math genius before you know it.  J

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