Turn your child into a maths magician?

Starting School: What Is Expected Of Your Child? Numeracy Stage One(Level One Worksheets)
As a parent you want to make the transition from home to school an easy one- and activities that are done both at school and at home can help make this change seamless. Knowing what to expect ahead of time is extra helpful.
It's a wonderful and scary time when your child starts school. You want them to be safe, to make lovely new friends and to especially love learning.

Math's is a critical subject and how well a child understands and enjoys it in the early years can have an impact on how they feel about it as an older student.

StayOnTrack knows that basic number knowledge helps a child feels successful and is one of the key expectations at school. Doing activities at home that then follow through at school ensures your child feels confident and secure. StayOnTrack provides these activities with Level One Funsheets. Subscribe for our free trial today at www.stayontrack.co.nz.

When a child starts school they are usually at the Emergent (0) or One to One Counting (Stage one) level of maths.

The One to One Counting stage is characterised by children who can count and form a set of objects up to ten, but cannot solve simple problems that involve joining and separating sets, like 4 + 3. (for example: if you had 4 in one hand and three in the other and you asked your child how many you had, they would not say 7, but still see them as 4 and 3)

At this stage children are learning to count one to one. This is sometimes called rote counting. In order to be able to count children must be able to-

1.Say the forward and backwards number word sequence: "One, two three, four..." "ten, nine, eight..." up to at least ten. (I always think start with ten, once they have got this forwards and backwards, continue to twenty)

As a parent you might ask "why do our children need to learn forwards and backwards?": forwards counting prepares our children for addition and multiplication (multiple addition) and backwards counting prepares them for subtraction and division (multiple subtraction)

2. Read and write numerals to at least 10. In particular, students need to be able to identify numbers and write the correct number to match the object in a set.

How many cows are in the picture? Can you write me the number 7?

How do I help my child build this knowledge?

There are two main activities your children need to be able to do:

1. They need to be able to form a set of a given number, for example "Can you get me 6 buttons?"

2. They need to be able to count the number of objects in a given set, for example "How many candles are on the cake?"

There are heaps of opportunities that you can do this with your children everyday:

  • Sign up at StayOnTrack and do our daily funsheets designed especially for this stage.
  • Setting the table for tea: "I need four forks, four knives.."
  • Shopping: "can you please get me 7 cans of tomatoes and put them in the trolley?"
  • I need 10 pegs, can you count and see if I have enough?
  • how many cars are parked on the street?

    When you start looking for opportunities, you will be amazed at how many there are! Games you can do at home:

  • Making flowers: Give your child circles of card, each with a number in the middle. Using pegs they are to place the same number of "petals" around the circle as the number in the middle.
  • Lily Pads: place paper around the room with numbers on them, tell the children the numbers are lily pads and they are frogs. They need to find the number you call out and jump on it. "Jump on number 7, jump on number 6". This is a hilarious game and great for our children with bundles of energy.
  • Play Hopscotch: what number did the rock land on?
  • Get them to ring someone: you say the number and your child can find it and press it.
  • Car Race: Tell your child that there is going to be a race and they need to line the cars up so they are ready. "Can you get 6 cars ready to race?" Count together to check there is the right number. Get your child to write down the number of cars that they are going to race. You could also number the cars and get them to write which car came first.
  • Tea party: Invite friends or teddy bears for a tea party. Get them to set the table or picnic blanket up. For example, tell them there will be 6 teddies at the party and each teddy will need a plate, a cup and a spoon. Once the party is set up children can count again to check that there are the right number of plates, cups and spoons. Get them to write down how many guests there are.

    To think, these are just a wee few ideas!
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