Have you ever wondered how to go about helping your child get to grips with the basics of numeracy? Here I cover some ideas for teaching your child about number and early stages of mathematics.
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Little children develop numeracy skills when they use mathematical ideas in their everyday situations. To be relevant and meaningful to them, maths should be approached as a natural part of day to day living and should not be taught as a separate subject. Children begin to make sense of these situations by asking questions such as:
As with many things, you may feel that the maths children do at school is different from how you were taught, or that maths was not your best subject. However, you are still able to help your child in many ways. The following information will assist you in helping children learn and enjoy using their mathematical ideas in daily activities.
When young children play with their calculator they learn to recognise the numbers on the keys. They notice that when they press a number it will show on the screen. Don't feel that you need to teach them function keys (+-X% etc), at this stage it is purely an exploration of the technology.
Making a question board can be a valuable tool in helping your child to make sense of numeracy in his environment.Families can look for opportunities to point out and respond to children’s numeracy ideas. Encourage your child to ask questions to help him make sense of his everyday situations. Here are some examples of questions you can stick on your question board:
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.