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After One Year At School:Numeracy Stages 2-3 (Level One Worksheets)
To be able to get the most for our children, we need to be able to understand the different stages of maths our children are learning. The most powerful impact parents have is when we can work at home, on the same things the school is doing.
The first year or two of school, is jam packed of new ideas and concepts for our children. It can be a bit over-whelming for our children and us, as parents. What are the Stages 2 and 3 all about and how can we help.

After your child has been at school for one year, the National Standard Mathematics Framework ‘expects’ them to be at Stages 2-3 in maths. These stages are called the ‘Counting All’ or ‘Counting from one’ stages.

Stages 2 and 3 are basically the same except for one major difference.

In Stage 2 (Counting One from Materials) children will use ‘materials’ to help their counting, this could be their fingers, buttons, blocks etc. Materials are basically anything that they can physically touch and move around.

In Stage 3 (Counting One from Imaging) children will use what is called’ imaging’, this means they can see/imagine(image) the objects in their mind so do not need to use anything physical to help them count.

Counting from One means that when we ask our children ‘what is 4 +3’, they will automatically, either using materials, or in their mind, add these numbers together starting from one. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...the answer is 7!) The following knowledge and strategies are for both stages, all children start with physical objects so they can see what the different amounts look like apart and what they look like when we join them together. Once they are confident, then they will be able to see those same objects in their mind. (Imaging- Stage 3)

StayOnTrack Level One worksheets encourage a mixture of stages 2 and 3, so that children grow in confidence in their maths basic facts. Confidence and success go hand in hand. Sign up for our funsheets at www.stayontrack.co.nz, you can try them for free.

The knowledge your children need to know, and what you can practice at home, for these stages are:

  • Add and subtract up to 10, this is knowing all the different ways and combinations of numbers up to 10. For example: 10-8, 4+6, 7+3, all the different combinations of numbers you can think of that add less than or up to 10.
  • Say the numbers before and after up to 20. What is the number after 9? What is the number before 16? This is very important so StayOnTrack has this exercise on every Level One worksheet.
  • Count to 20 backwards and forwards.
  • Know the combinations that make 5 or 10. For example: 3+2, 4+1, 2+8, 5+5
  • Skip-counting in twos up to 20. For example: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

    Stage 3 focuses on all of the above knowledge skills without using fingers and objects. It also focuses on these strategies.

  • Adding objects up to 10, by counting all the objects in their head
  • Subtracting objects up to 10, by counting all the numbers in their head.

    Things to do at home

  • Ask Questions, talk out loud!

    There are 5 apples in the fruit bowl and we’re going to eat 2. How many are left?

    How many legs on 2 chairs?

    Four of us are having pizza for tea. How will we cut it fairly?

  • Playing card games such as “Fish”.”.
  • Counting Everything!

    How many times can you jump?

    Let’s count the plates and forks as we put them on the table.

    Let’s count how long it takes us to cross the road!

    Remember to count backwards and forwards!

    Check out all our other games in StayOnTrack's articles: 'Numeracy Stage 0 - Emergent (Level 1 worksheets)' and 'Starting school: What is Expected of your Child? Numeracy Stage One(Level One Worksheets)'

    Playing all of these games togethers will strengthen your child's maths and make what they are learning at school make more sense. These games help your children build knowledge, love maths and 'StayOnTrack'
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