Numbers all around
Do you know any of the numbers?
What number is your house?
Can you find a number which is the same as your age? Your grown up’s age? Your brother or sister’s age?
What was the biggest number you found? (grown ups will need to help with this one!)
-with fingers and paint
-with chalk outside
-with sticks and pebbles
-with paintbrushes and water-huge numbers!
-write them in the air with your fingers, with both hands
-write them with your tongue in the air!
This is called a multi sensory approach to learning, when children are doing things in lots of different ways. It helps them to embed the learning
It’s worth remembering that children are not expected to be recognising numbers to 10 and beyond until the end of Reception. Recognising numbers in Nursery is all done through play and children’s interests, and often they want to talk about and look at numbers which interest them eg their age or their house number. Start with what they know and build on that.
Counting is a really important skill. Before children can count objects, they need to learn the number names in order. Singing number rhymes really helps with this. Then once children know the number names in order they can practise counting everywhere they go!
Grown ups need to support children in giving one number name to each action or object. This is called one-to-one correspondence. If children get muddled, just model it in the right way, so they can hear the correct order of numbers.
When children are counting objects, it helps them if they move them as they count them. That way they don't count them twice!
Subitizing means looking at a number of objects and saying how many there are without counting them. This is a really important skill to develop. Many young children can do this with groups of up to 3 or 4.
Ideas for subitizing
Make up your own games, eg roll a dice and do that many jumps, hops, steps etc
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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