Enhancing learning at home

Children will likely benefit from activities, games, and discussion with parents. Working with younger children at home, it is important not to see Mathematics as a separate or standalone activity but rather as something which can be incorporated into everyday activities, games, stories and conversations.

Here are some ways to celebrate Mathematics as part of your day:

-Board games, particularly ones with linear, numbered, equal- sized spaces can be useful for the development of early number skills. Most families will have 'Snakes and Ladders' or something similar; if not, this is a great opportunity to make your own!

-Incorporate Mathematics into everyday routines and activities: tidying up and meal times in particular provide opportunities for conversations about counting, comparing, time and sharing.

-Snack times and meals are a great opportunity to learn Mathematics such as counting, estimating amd comparing. You could compare quantities or discuss the capacity of different cups and jugs.

-Use mathematical vocabulary where possible as part of conversations and play (see 'Vocabulary' page

-Find the Mathematics in story books www.mathsthroughstories.org contains explicit  links to Mathematics in stories but you can use any stories

- Use manipulatives (practical resources) to support learning. The website https://mathsbot.com/ is fantastic to help support your child.

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