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

ISBN 9780415792806
Published October 9, 2018 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface  Section 1 Supporting young children’s mathematical development  Introduction  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  Introduction  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

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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.