1st Edition

How to Develop Confident Mathematicians in the Early Years A Guide for Practitioners and Parents

By Tony Cotton Copyright 2019
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Showing how everyday experiences can be used to encourage early mathematical thinking, this book will help you to support young children’s mathematical development through play.

    Developing Confident Mathematicians in the Early Years explains clearly the stages of mathematical development from birth to five years. It considers how practitioners and parents can create a mathematically rich environment and offers a wealth of practical activities and suggestions for adult–child interactions to enhance children’s mathematical learning. Features include:

    • 60 activities, each covering a core area of mathematical experience – measurement, algebra, data handling, counting and calculation
    • clear explanations of the mathematics taking place in each activity and how this forms the foundation for mathematical learning in the future
    • practical suggestions for home learning and working in partnership with parents
    • links to the EYFS and National Curriculum.

    Offering a rich source of ideas using everyday resources, this practical text will inspire practitioners and parents to nurture young children’s innate confidence and ability in mathematics.


    Section 1 Supporting young children’s mathematical development


    Chapter 1 The developing young mathematician

    Chapter 2 Creating a mathematically-rich environment

    Chapter 3 Parents as partners

    Chapter 4 Preparing for big-school

    Section 2 Activities to develop confident mathematicians


    Chapter 5 Number: Counting and ordering

    Chapter 6 Number: Calculating

    Chapter 7 Shape and space

    Chapter 8 Measurement

    Chapter 9 Algebra

    Chapter 10 Data Handling

    Section 3 Appendices

    Appendix 1: Glossary

    Appendix 2: Useful websites and further reading

    Appendix 3: Resources


    Tony Cotton taught mathematics in primary and secondary schools for 15 years before moving into teacher education. He became an independent consultant and full-time writer in 2012 but continues to train teachers around the world. He has written many books for teachers and learners of mathematics.