Saturday, 27 July 2013

Early number language


Talking with our children is something that happens naturally every day, but do we ever stop to think about what we may be teaching our children about early number language as we go along?

  • Colour
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Counting
  • Pattern
  • Counting
  • Pattern
  • Number recognition
  • Weight
  • Length
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Money
The list goes on.  It makes you think doesn't it, but we do this everyday!

Here are some examples of how you can include number language in a child's daily routine:

  • Weight - cooking (weighing the ingrediants), heavy and light shopping items and bags...

Young girl cooking

  • Pattern - wallpaper, curtains, bedding, carpets, clothes, buildings...
Autumn leaves
  • Shape - food packets, dishes, food items, buildings
House with red roof

  • Colour - food, toys, clothes, out and about...
Portrait of fruits
  • Time - routine of the day: breakfast, lunch, tea, bath time, bedtime, school drop off and pick ups....
Kindergarten teacher showing children how to read a clock

Everyday opportunities can offer new number learning experiences for children, so it is really important that we make the most of them.  Ideas include:

  • Visits to the library (you can find lots of different number language books here to loan, e.g. shape, pattern and size)
  • Going to the supermarket (point out colours, shape and size of fruit and other items, money handling)
  • A walk in the countryside or in the town (shapes of buildings and on buildings - windows, doors etc)
  • Helping with the housework (sorting socks provides opportunities to learn about colour, size, pattern, counting..)
The opportunities are endless : )

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