Lesson 2: Sock sorting
Matching is an important early childhood math skill that keeps repeating throughout one’s educational life in various forms and helps children to identify same or similar objects based on their common properties. The theory of sorting and matching helps children to develop a range of thinking skills and builds the foundations for later concepts. The support to the visual memory help children to learn about early representation and problem solving.
Introduce your child to early mathematical development by introducing them to the concept of pairs, doubles and patterns with sock sorting.
You will need:
- A selection of approximately 10 to 12 pairs of socks - variety encouraged
- A basket or box
Separate the socks and place them in the basket or box. Invite your child to help you sort the socks and try to find matches. Engage your child by asking things like: "I've got a red sock, can you help me find another red sock"?