This summer, we're working on one-to-one correspondence, trying to bring meaning to the concept of numbers instead of simply counting rapidly by rote memory. That means we're spending the summer pointing and counting, placing and counting, sorting and counting, throwing and counting, lifting and counting.
How many rocks in your rock collection, Bud? Let's count them!
How many socks do we have to put away? Let's count them!
How many stones can we throw in the stream? Let's count them!
Today we were shopping and as we passed by the candy aisle Bud picked up a bag of jellybeans in one hand and a package of Twizzlers in the other.
"I have red candy and jellybeans, Mom?" he asked.
"Let's choose one, Bud: red candy or jellybeans," I replied.
"Red candy for eating, Mom," he said. "Jellybeans for counting."
How could I argue with that?