You have the opportunity to develop your child’s numeracy skills everyday! By carrying out simple activities throughout the day you can help them get a good start to this essential skill early.
Numeracy is a skill that all children need to acquire, as they will use this in everyday life. Even at an early age there are plenty of aspects to explore, which you can combine with daily scenarios.
It doesn’t matter what your numeracy skills are like, there are plenty of ways you can help that will make a huge difference to their mathematical ability.
- Do numeracy with them everyday when you can
You may not be filled with joy at this, but it’s so easy to apply this to everyday tasks. From baking and building with blocks, to mealtimes and singing, practically every activity can involve numeracy. All you need to do is find the opportunity to help them become confident little mathematicians!
- Be positive
Positivity is key and it’s usually the children that succeed in numeracy that also enjoy it the most. Keep it fun and light-hearted, although they’re little sponges, you don’t want to overload them or put them under pressure. If they’re getting bored or tired, they may get frustrated, which could then put them off.
- Build their confidence
Giving your little one reassurance and praise are both essential to their development and confidence. They need to feel like they can have a go, and praising their efforts will help them with their self-esteem. Keep in mind that it’s not all about getting it right and their ability; it’s about trying and learning. As their confidence builds, so will their eagerness to learn more.
Counting is the best step to introduce your little one to numeracy. This is the easiest task to apply to everyday activities, so try and count anything and everything with them. Counting is important for understanding number names and order. You could start off with counting 1-5 and as their confidence grows you can move up to 1-10, then 20 etc. Try counting with your child during the following activities:
- Getting dressed
- Baking and cooking
- Putting toys away
- Going up and down the stairs
- Bath time
- Singing songs
- Going to the shops
- Watching television
- Puzzles and games
Your child’s learning and development are priorities to us, so we try and help them with areas such as numeracy in the nursery. If you’d like your child to play in an environment that encourages learning, feel free to get in touch!