Today in Nursery it is all about giving children a reason to count- Each morning the children count themselves at Nursery and find out if there are more girls or boys. We also vote for stories that we would like to read- we do this by each child having one Duplo brick and they then place it in front of the story they want to hear- they children then count to find out which book has the most bricks. We have many other times we need to count too. At home you might ask your child to count the stairs as they go up- count the apples in the fruit bowl- how many teddies are on your bed? How many shoes are by the front door- How many red/ blue cars are there in your street?
You can extend this by asking your child to record their findings using marks they can explain, or even some numerals. Let us see your busy work on your child's Learning Book.
Here are some developmental steps for you to use as a guide depending on your child's age in months:
22-36 months-Says some number names in sequence -experiments with marks for numbers
30-50 months- Knows that numbers identify how many are in a set/ uses marks to represent numbers
40-60 months- Counts actions (claps or jumps) or objects that can not be moved (stairs- cars) Records using marks they can interpret and explain