ü Place one sock inside one shoe

ü Place one lid on each of several containers

ü Place a cup with a plate

Once children understand these
relationships, they can link one number with one object and then count with
understanding. “Rote memorization of a set of numbers is meaningless” (Moore,
1973, p. 67) and counting is a skill which should not be stressed until the
child has shown understanding of basic classification, conservation, seriation
and set comparison at both
the quality level (attributes of objects) and the quantity level (general amounts
in groups or sets).

When students are equipped with the
counting skills, they can benefit from learning several other counting
strategies to increase their accuracy and efficiency. Just like any other
concepts or skills, it is vital to start working with real objects and
manipulative as learning aids.