• Iris Windsor

Learning to Count

Many different types of activities are used in the early learning context to develop children's understanding of counting and to help them to recognise and produce numbers in the counting sequence from 1 to 20.

Teaching children to count involves more than helping them learn the numbers one to ten. It involves helping children understand the meaning of numbers. ... This helps children begin to move towards matching one thing at a time with the number as they say it.

Other math skills are introduced through daily routines .... counting steps as you go up or down, for example. Informal activities like this one give children a jumpstart on the formal math instruction that starts in school.

Prior to school, children’s numeracy knowledge develops significantly and these skills influence achievement in school mathematics.

Talking about numbers in everyday situations helps a child develop numeracy.

Counting buttons, fruit or vegetables, discussing time, distance or sorting things with your child lets them become familiar with mathematic concepts in everyday situations.

Children enjoy hands-on learning. Getting involved in measuring ingredients for baking, counting out steps or objects they can see and playing games with numbers shows children how maths is relevant in real life.

Play-based learning creates the opportunity for your child to practice and learn new skills as they explore ideas. Playing card games and board games with you, their friends and their family, helps your child develop mathematical, problem solving, language and social skills.

You can find maths everywhere

_Record your child’s height on a chart

_Play shops (with prices written on items to practice counting and addition)

_Play guessing games with weight, distance or height of things around the home.

_Talk about ages of family members

_Count steps, toys, items of clothes on the clothes line, trees and other objects.

_Go on a number hunt in your neighbourhood (car registration, house numbers, power poles etc)

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