Over the past weeks, we’ve been exploring and having fun learning the skills of Number Sense. Number Sense is perhaps the most important part of early childhood Mathematics. You might be asking yourself the question “What is Number Sense?’’ Well, let me give you an idea of what it’s all about in a nutshell!
Number Sense is basically the ability to understand numbers and the relationships between numbers.
- Sense of number – understanding that “four” means a collection of 4 objects/items regardless of size.
- Subitise- being able to recognize quantities of objects without counting.
- One-to-One correspondence -the last word in counting sequence names the quantity for that set
- Matching words and numerals to a collection
- Being able to name numbers in terms of their parts (part-part-whole).
There are lots of things you can do to support your child to develop Number Sense. Here are a few activities I believe can help your little ones to develop their early math skills:
- Count the number of socks with your child as you take them from the wash basket to put in the washing machine.
- Playing simple card games at home.
- Connecting dots that are numbered to create a picture is a lot of fun for the little ones to do.
- Ask children to guess how many food items are on their plates. Let them count to check their answer.
- Provide counters such as such as paper clips or dried beans and ask you child to count out specific amounts.
- Help you child practice skip counting ( a number chart can help)
- Assist you child to count forward and backwards
- Use house hold items to teach simple addition, subtraction etc.
A sneak peek of what goes on in Kindergarten!
We are working it out!
We’ve got this Ms Kemeta!