There are many opportunities for introducing mathematical concepts at home and within the community. Counting is the first step of any Mathematical development and is the foundation of all things number! It is always helpful to assist your child's understanding by using mathematical language to narrate observations and to explore these concepts within real-life settings.
Why not try exploring the following mathematical concepts and terminology:
- Now and next
- Filling and emptying containers, fitting shapes in to shape sorters or inset puzzles
- Stacking and building (on and off)
- Big and small
- Matching and sorting colour
- More, one and lots
- Sorting by shape, size and type
- Using positional language in a range of contexts (over, under, in, out etc)
- Counting and using numbers in sequence
- Ordering objects by size, length or height
- Heavy and light
- Making repeating patterns
Here are some examples of how you can adopt mathematical concepts into everyday life:
Engaging in laundry chores, aside from teaching valuable life skills, presents an excellent opportunity to practice numerous mathematical concepts. Counting items, filling and emptying the laundry basket, identifying pairs, matching colors and patterns, and sorting items by size can all be thrown into the process of helping with the laundry.
In a garden or natural outdoor setting, you'll discover a number chances to educate your child on mathematical concepts. Consider exploring the terms 'full' and 'empty' by working with plant pots, counting seeds as they're planted into the soil, identifying big and small leaves or flowers, and practicing positional language such as 'behind' and 'next to'.
Sorting activities act as an excellent way to develop comprehension of mathematical language. You can engage your child in sorting various items, such as toy animals, into categories like big and small. Sorting can host a wide array of objects, allowing exploration by size, colour, type, or shape. Additionally, it's a practical technique for instilling tidiness habits.