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.
The Busy Bees and Ruswarp 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.
In our settings 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.
• When children start to develop an interest in number 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.
• 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.