Numeracy starts at home

There are lots of ways numbers are used each day. By pointing these out to your child and encouraging them to find others, you can help themdevelop numeracy skills.

Point out numbers, patterns, shapes or sizes around you and discuss how numbers are used in your home on phones, computers, clocks, TV remotes, calculators and scales. This helps your child understand that numbers can also be written and have practical uses.

Learning to count requires repetition, but it can be practiced in fun ways by using songs, rhymes, stories or games. You can make links between children’s play and the use of numbers in real life, such as in cooking, sorting or matching things around the home.

Simplifying mathematical ideas

Use mathematical ideas and words as you play with your child. You could ask ‘How many?’,How many more?’,How many less?’ or explore concepts like long vs short and empty vs full. Ask your children to count out things around them and help them if they get stuck.

Respond positively as your child explores numbers. Saying things like, ‘I liked the way you remembered to point to each animal as you counted’ will make your child feel proud and encourage them to learn more.

Image Young child practices counting as they use colourful connecting blocks

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016