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Teach Your Child To Count

Hello Readers,

Maths and counting is something that we use in our everyday life. Children will use counting in school life and through adult life , it is a vital tool we all need. We can teach our children to count through play, children here will not realise they are being ‘taught’. Here are some fun ways to get your children counting. From nursery to secondary school counting will be used.

1. Let your child help you bake some cakes together.  When the mix is ready to be separated into cake cases , allow your child to spoon the mixture into the cake cases, count them as your child spoons mix into each case (1...2....3....4 until they are all filled). Why not encourage your child to copy you as you say it. With the repetition of counting their your child will eventually remember the sequence of numbers and begin their counting journey.

2. For some family fun , play board games together that possibly envolve a dice. Let your child roll the dice and whatever number it lands on , for example 4, move the counter with your child and say 1,2,3,4 , move the counter back and get your child to remove the counter whilst counting 1,2,3,4. It’s a fun way for your child to hear the numbers in sequence whilst repeating them. Your child will be playing and having fun, not realising learning has been implemented into play.

3.  All children enjoy hearing and singing rhymes, it’s an excellent development tool for your children to develop communication and social skill.  Start to sing 12345 once I caught a fish alive with your child. Encourage your child to sing with you and hold up their fingers when singing each number. Why not count your child’s fingers when singing it will keep them engaged.

4. Get your child’s favourite toys whether it’s dolls or cars put them in a line in front of your child. Place your finger on each object and count each car individually up to 5. Repeat this sequence multiple times then ask your child to do it to. Using objects your child enjoys playing with will help to keep them engaged and have a better level of concentration in comparassion to using written numbers.

5. If your child likes colouring , hold back some crayons. Encourage your child to colour in a picture they like. Pass your child one crayon and say “you have one crayon” , pass them another crayon and say “you have two crayons”. Do ‘this up to 5  times.

It’s important to remember that all children learn at different paces so please do not get disheartened if your child does not pick this up straight away. When doing these activities if your child refuses don’t keep forcing them , leave it a day and try tomorrow.

Happy Learning. 📚
Love Mamma x


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