Maths is essentially about patterns and discovering these patterns in the world around us. Children will love to play with patterns and numbers, shapes and sorting and you can help with this by playing games that encourage and develop their mathematical thinking.
You may be worried that the Maths your child is doing is different to the Maths you learnt while you were at school but you will find some support below for doing Mathematical things with your child.
Look for ways to explore Maths in the home - point out shapes, patterns and numbers when they occur. Also think about:
Look for ways to explore Maths in your local environment - point out shapes, patterns and numbers when they occur. Also think about:
It will help to consider some things adults tend to take for granted. It's easier to be patient with children when we remember how much they don't know. Here are a few concepts we adults know so well that we forget sometimes we ever had to learn them:
Imagine how you would feel if you were trying to learn numbers in a new language - this is how your child is feeling.
Here are some links to support parents and helpers at home.
Links for children to access maths games and activites can be found on the Curriculum link at the top of this page.