Teaching mathematics to young children in creative ways is made easy with this Second Edition of a wonderful book, which offers the reader clear advice and lots of exciting ideas to use in any early years setting.By showing how to introduce mathematical concepts through play-based activities, Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years is in tune with current thinking about best practice in teaching, and with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and current Numeracy strategy.

Why Play?
Why play?
This Chapter Covers
  • the importance of play in young children's learning
  • how some theories of play have influenced early years mathematics education
  • the significance of meaningful, creative contexts for mathematical development
  • the balance between focused teaching and independent activities
  • a discussion of an appropriate structure for a playful early years mathematics session.

Young children observe and participate in many mathematical events well before they begin nursery or statutory schooling. Through day-to-day tasks, they are operating in rich mathematical contexts which introduce them to mathematical concepts and skills. One of the most powerful, self-motivating contexts for mathematics in the home and daycare settings is play, and thus it can provide a meaningful link with school.

Play is undoubtedly enjoyable for young children owing to the freedom it facilitates, the sense ...

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