Our Captains room (Preschool) is starting their big focus on numeracy this week to help them prepare for school. Numeracy can be taught in so many engaging ways through play.
Here are a few suggestions of what you can be doing at home with your little one to build their numeracy skills:
* Make counting part of your everyday life. For example, count toys, shells at the beach, stairs, fruit at the grocery store or trees on the street.
* When you’re out and about, encourage your child to compare sizes of stones, bushes and trees, and describe shapes of leaves, colours of flowers or sizes of birds.
* Go for a walk down your street and point out how each house or block has a number in a series. Count the steps between one house and the next.
* Use a growth chart or marks on a wall to measure your child’s growing height, and describe to your child what you’re doing.
* Involve your child in cooking. Your child can help stir, pour, fill and mix. This will help your child learn to count, measure, add and estimate.
* Singing number songs, rhymes and reading stories.