Looking for Learning: Maths through Play is a full-colour, practical guide to encourage children to think about maths while playing, using a range of common resources that will spark their curiosity. It is full of creative suggestions for incorporating mathematical concepts – counting, comparison, composition, shape, pattern and number – into child-led play. The book contains ideas for bringing mathematical learning into children's favourite activities: role play and construction; art and nature; sand and water play and even simple technology-based activities using projectors or torches. Experienced Early Years teacher Laura England, creator of Little Miss Early Years, also provides advice about getting children talking about maths during daily routines in Early Years settings. This dip-in-and-out book is linked to the Characteristics of Effective Learning and presents case studies, real-life images and practical pointers on how to use play for early mathematical concepts. With tips from setting up the environment to the adult's role in this child-led play, Looking for Learning: Maths through Play is ideal for all Early Years practitioners searching for accessible ideas for incorporating the mathematical learning through play into their settings. Looking for Learning books are the number one tool for identifying learning opportunities in child-led play. All four books are packed full of tried-and-tested ideas for indoor and outdoor activities, helpful hints and tips and full-colour photographs. Written by Laura England, known as Little Miss Early Years, these are a must-have for any nursery or pre-school.
Laura England uses her wealth of experiences as an Early Years teacher to explore the learning that takes place when a child's play inspires mathematical learning. She explains clearly that Maths doesn't have to be about sitting at tables doing adult-initiated activities but instead can be as simple as introducing measuring tubes to constructive play. This dip-in-and-out book is linked to the Characteristics of Effective Learning and presents case studies, real-life images and practical pointers to explore using play for early mathematical concepts. With tips for setting up the environment to the adult's role in this child-led play, "Maths through Play" is ideal for all Early Years practitioners searching for accessible ideas for incorporating the mathematical learning that takes place during play into their settings.
Looking for Learning: Mark Making is a full-colour, practical guide to mark making in Early Years settings. It will help you spark children's natural curiosity in seeing what happens when they make marks with their fingers, bodies and toys, as well as materials from nature and from your art supplies. From drawing around shadows and swirling paint in water, to printing animal footprints, Laura England, creator of Little Miss Early Years, provides a wealth of creative ideas for incorporating mark making into all child-led play, both indoors and outside. Developing mark making and building language skills are crucial as young children begin to build their confidence in communicating. This dip-in-and-out book is linked to the Characteristics of Effective Learning and presents real-life examples and images as well as practical pointers. With tips from setting up the environment to the adult's role in this child-led play, Looking for Learning: Mark Making is ideal for all Early Years practitioners searching for accessible ideas for using mark making in their settings. Looking for Learning books are the number one tool for identifying learning opportunities in child-led play. All four books are packed full of tried-and-tested ideas for indoor and outdoor activities, helpful hints and tips and full-colour photographs. Written by Laura England, known as Little Miss Early Years, these are a must-have for any nursery or pre-school.
Stories and rhymes put maths into context and demonstrate concepts in ways meaningful to children. They make maths more relevant, fun and accessible to children, sparking their imagination while developing their mathematical thinking. Developing Early Maths through Story is the new guide to help practitioners feel more confident about teaching early mathematics. Ideal for use with 3-5 years old, the book will encourage young learners to exercise mathematical concepts, both outdoors and indoors, and show practitioners how to help their children and develop their skills creatively. The book contains 14 chapters, on numbers 0 to 13, each including: * A brief outline of a traditional story * EYFS Learning objectives * Resources needed * Suggestions for younger children and babies * Scope for outdoor activities and for using natural materials * Further activities, games and extension questions * Suggestions for using ICT * Assessment opportunities. Ideal for parents and carers who want to explore or extend the learning of maths at home with their children in a very accessible and enjoyable way.
"With freshness, humour and originality, Sue Gifford demonstrates the interactive strategies that are required to teach mathematics to young children. The text is both refreshingly free from conventional wisdom and solidly grounded in recent research on learning and teaching early mathematics.At the same time, it is unfailing in its accuracy in uncovering children's own humour and instinct for subverting 'teacherly' overtures. Given the demonstrated lack of spontaneous mathematics in early childhood setting, this assembled collage of children's own observations, activities and comments is in itself a work of art." Professor Carol Aubrey, Institute of Education, University of Warwick, UK. What are the most important aspects of mathematics for young children to learn? How do children learn mathematics? How can adults best ‘teach’ mathematics to children so young? The book informs practitioners, students and parents about how three– to five-year-olds learn mathematics, and shows them how best to develop enjoyable mathematical learning in early years settings. The book includes a summary of relevant research and considers issues relating to current practice. This book: Establishes principles for teaching mathematics to young children Takes into account the way children learn, including social, emotional, physical and cognitive aspects Helps practitioners find the middle ground between not initiating enough mathematical activity and being too directive Suggests principles and frameworks for planning and assessment. The book places particular emphasis on adult-initiated, number-focused activities and playful, challenging and sensitive teaching strategies to engage younger children. The strategies are based on research and work with practitioners, and are illustrated by children’s own responses, such as making number jokes. It covers key areas of mathematics, including number, shape and space, measures and problem solving, with appropriate expectations and common difficulties as well as suggested activities. Essential reading for those teaching or preparing to teach mathematics to young children, as well as parents interested in the mathematical education of their children.
Teaching mathematics to young children in creative ways is made easy with this second edition of a wonderful book, which offers the reader clear advice and lots of exciting ideas to use in any early years setting. By showing how to introduce mathematical concepts through play-based activities, this book is in tune with current thinking about best practice in teaching, and with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and current Primary National Strategy. New material includes: - an additional chapter on creative recording - a whole new chapter on ways to involve parents - discussion of policy throughout the UK - more on using ICT - case studies covering the whole birth to eight age range Essential reading for any practitioner who wants to develop their mathematics teaching, this book is equally important for all trainee teachers and early years students. Kate Tucker is an early years teacher, trainer and writer based in Exeter; she has over 20 years of experience, and has written widely on early years mathematics and Foundation Stage practice.
The book presents a selection of the most relevant talks given at the 21st MAVI conference, held at the Politecnico di Milano. The first section is dedicated to classroom practices and beliefs regarding those practices, taking a look at prospective or practicing teachers’ views of different practices such as decision-making, the roles of explanations, problem-solving, patterning, and the use of play. Of major interest to MAVI participants is the relationship between teachers’ professed beliefs and classroom practice, aspects that provide the focus of the second section. Three papers deal with teacher change, which is notoriously difficult, even when the teachers themselves are interested in changing their practice. In turn, the book’s third section centers on the undercurrents of teaching and learning mathematics, which can surface in various situations, causing tensions and inconsistencies. The last section of this book takes a look at emerging themes in affect-related research, with a particular focus on attitudes towards assessment. The book offers a valuable resource for all teachers and researchers working in this area.
Children are born with an ability to make sense of the world through play and storytelling. By creating narratives during fantasy play, children act out concepts and ideas that confuse them or that they find fascinating. Dramatic Mathematics consists of five stories and accompanying exercises to support teachers in Key Stage 1 to take a playful, story-based approach to introduce early mathematical concepts that children often struggle with. The stories are all set in the Kingdom of Sunobia and follow the journey of kings and sorceresses, an evil ship owner and a girl called Lily, who is exceptionally clever and very good at maths. Accompanied by playful illustrations and teachers notes, each story presents a different aspect of the Key Stage 1 maths curriculum enabling teachers to engage their pupils emotionally and bring the topic of maths to life. Offering a wide range of stimulating ideas for developing learners’ mathematical thinking and understanding, these activities can be used to enrich and supplement learning and will be an essential resource for all teachers looking to teach mathematics in an exciting new way.
This book examines the development of play skills and schemas to support children with learning differences and physical disabilities in learning to play. It highlights the need for appropriate playground equipment in all school settings that educate children with physical disabilities and sensory needs to ensure equal opportunities for outdoor play. Several play approaches for meeting sensory needs are discussed including Lego therapy, Art therapy, Sand play and Soft play. Digital play for students with physical disabilities is an important chapter in the book. Role play and the ways in which virtual reality and psychodrama support anxieties that some students have is another important chapter. There is also a chapter devoted to parents on how they can support their child at home and how the school can support them. At the end of the book there is a plethora of resources that readers can copy or adapt to suit their setting. The book provides support for those managing outdoor play for these children at peak times of the day. It shows how play-based learning can work in a classroom setting; the importance of sensory profiles and sensory play; and how play therapy can aid neuroplasticity.
'The book is grounded in the latest research about how children become effective learners, particularly in relation to mathematics. Bringing together research and practice in an accessible way, Kate Tucker provides an essential resource for all those who work with young children. I strongly recommend it!' - Dr Sue Rogers, Head of Department of Early years and Primary Education, Institute of Education Offering practical examples of focused, playful teaching this popular book is back for a third edition, with even more activities to use in your setting with children aged from 3 to 8. Completely updated to include the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, this new edition covers all the hot topics in the field, and now includes: a new section on teaching mathematics in Forest School more coverage of using ICT to teach mathematics more coverage of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) a key vocabulary section at the end of each chapter, and a detailed glossary expanded and updated suggestions for Further Reading even more activities to use in lessons, with some extended to include 7-8 year olds With a user-friendly layout, this new edition is an ideal resource for practitioners wishing to enhance their mathematics teaching, and for students wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use play to teach mathematics. Kate Tucker is an early years teacher, trainer and writer based in Devon.
We encounter mathematics on a regular basis in one form or another. For some people, maths is 'scary' and not something they feel confident about. Even though many educators and parents attempt to provide good mathematics experiences, there is still a high level of anxiety about the teaching and learning of mathematics. This book presents a broad range of concepts and aims to widen the narrow view that maths for young children is just about numbers and shapes. The content includes pattern (early algebra), counting, number, early operations, measurement, shape and spatial awareness (geometry), matching, sorting, data analysis and the introduction of chance (statistics and probability). This book is intended for educators and parents who would like to explore and investigate maths concepts to enrich children's experiences and extend their current thinking and learning.