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.

Planning, Organizing and Assessing Independent Play
Planning, organizing and assessing independent play
This Chapter Covers
  • planning for playful mathematics teaching and independent play
  • adult involvement in play
  • assessing, recording and reporting
  • photocopiable material to help with planning and assessment.

While guidance for mathematics planning is given in detail in a variety of documents and websites (see Resources), this chapter focuses on planning mathematics teaching with meaningful connection-making in mind, and for independent play. As with all effective planning, practitioners need to assess where children are in terms of their own mathematical development, determined by observation and formative assessment, and where they need to go next. The planning of ‘where next’ can be set in playful and meaningful context by considering what the children's current interests are, or establishing a unifying learning ...

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