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.

This Chapter Covers
  • pattern as a precursor to algebra
  • understanding pattern
  • patterns in the environment
  • examples of focused teaching activities and recorded work, along with independent activities based on the theme of ‘clothes’

Pattern has often been under-represented in the early years mathematics curriculum and has not enjoyed the high profile that counting and using number have (Pound, 1999). Sadly, all too often, young children's experience of ‘pattern work’ consists of activities with pegs, beads and colouring in. Pattern, of course, exists way beyond the peg board and bead tray, and in its various forms can be seen, experienced and heard throughout daily life. In mathematics, pattern is concerned with the relationships between shapes and numbers and it is because of this that pattern is the precursor to algebra. ...

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