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.

Counting and Using Number
Counting and using number
This Chapter Covers
  • the development of counting skills, and how this can be supported
  • the imaginative use of number lines and counting sticks
  • early mathematical operations
  • using money
  • examples of focused teaching activities and recorded work, along with examples of independent activities based on the theme of ‘the farm’

Learning to count proficiently involves the acquisition of skills through involvement in key experiences using the language of number and comparison (Montague-Smith, 2002). Children need to:

  • learn number names in order
  • count objects by touching them
  • understand that the last number they say is the total number of objects in the group
  • transfer these skills effectively from one context to the next
  • move competently from counting concrete objects to counting abstractly.

It is crucial to provide a wide range of interesting ...

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