Maths is everywhere!
Young children are learning maths all the time through a wide variety of play experiences. With the support of parents and practioners, children can grasp many mathematical concepts through their play.
Maths through Play Children will begin to:
• know and understand early maths language of measurement, shapes, spaces, positions, early numbers, order and patterns
• know the sequence of numbers • begin to understand positional words, e.g. in, on, outside • show an awareness of time
• be aware of shapes in their environment
• be aware of 1-to-1 correspondence • acquire new vocabulary
• learn number rhymes and songs, e.g. one, two, buckle my shoe etc.
• be aware of conservation.
When we say a child “knows her numbers” what we often mean is that she can recite the names of numbers in ascending order. This is quite useful to be able to do, but it means very little in itself. Children need to come to know what the number system really means. They can be helped to do this through play. One of the first things they have to learn is about conservation – that 3 is always 3 no matter how it is arranged or presented.