Teaching children to love maths from an early age will have a positive impact on their later school achievements and their future life. This week’s International Creativity and Innovation Week offers a fantastic opportunity to tap into the subject. We want our little thinkers to be creative, able to find ways to solve problems and maths is an important element to achieve that.
At Bright Horizons nurseries, we look out for our play and learning at home ideas which will provide you with activity suggestions that you can do with your child at home to support their learning so that together we can help your child to become a confident Mathematician. Mathematics is embedded in everything that we do and experience in our day-to-day lives. For young children sitting on the second chair, helping set the table, finding a matching sock, cutting toast in half, sitting in a circle, walking through a rectangular door are all examples of everyday practical mathematics. Growing Mathematicians supports children to understand the purpose and importance of mathematics in their life and promotes their confidence to succeed at school.
Activities for you and your child at to try at home
When children start to develop an interest in numbers, they will start to point numbers out in the environment- support this interest by pointing out numbers that you see.
Songs and rhymes are a great way for children to experience rhythm and rhyme and are also a great way to introduce mathematical language. The Literacy Trust website has a great range of songs and rhymes that you can download if you do not know the tune or words to familiar songs and rhymes.
Making sandwiches together is a fun way to develop mathematical language in context. Spread butter into the corners, along the sides, cut the square in half and make 2 rectangles, or cut in a diagonal from one corner to another corner and make 2 triangles. Counting the edges and corners helps to develop knowledge about the properties of shapes e.g. this square has 4 corners and 4 sides the same size.
In the mornings, encourage your child to sort their clothes and put them on the right way around. This supports children’s development for matching, sorting and making connections.
When shopping, ask your child questions such as ‘how many bananas shall we get?’, 'shall we get a small or a large loaf of bread?' This supports children’s understanding and use of mathematical language
When out and about with your child help them to spot numbers in the environment, for example on front doors, car registration plates, clocks, telephones, road signs and lift buttons.
Developing Confident Mathematicians
The Bright Horizons Growing Mathematicians learning approach creates opportunities to help children develop an understanding of the mathematical concepts inherent in their everyday lives. Carefully planned learning environments support preschool children in developing their skills and abilities as mathematicians in action, whilst adult-guided activities help them to begin to recognise that what they are doing is mathematical.