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I suggest things like putting labels on teddies/dolls/toys with numerals on - can they pick up number....

Hide numbers around the house - find all the number 1s, then number 2s etc

Dominoes

Hopscotch

Drawing targets on the wall with chalk - use water pistol to spray numbers

Games with a number dice

Games on tablets - lots of Topmarks

Spot numbers when out and about

Foam numbers in the bath

Green Hippo x

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Glad its not just my lot who are struggling with numbers! I have put a little 'homework' pack together which has gone down really well. A quick note explaining what the children need to achieve for the EYFS and suggestions as Green Hippo has given and then a few work sheets for the parents to work with the children. I was anxious as I don't agree with homework but feedback so far has been very positive and the children as so proud when they bring their 'homework' back. We put their work sheets in their learning journeys. One little girl today asked for more ! I have also found it has helped with the parents who say ' but Johnny knows all his numbers' when they actually do the tasks with them they realise that we are not making it up!

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Presumably this child is in reception?

How is the child with counting, counting on and calculating? Sometimes I find that we can focus too heavily on number recognition and leave the very important skills of counting, especially counting out from a,larger set, counting things that cant be touched, seen or moved, and counting on and back from different numbers.

So when we say 'he knows his numbers' (or when parents say it), be sure you know what you/they mean.

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We talk about the shape of the number and make up silly ideas, we do this too for shapes and it works well. They love the triangle 'if you sit on it you will spike your bum' then we all pretend to sit on one and roll around laughing. Our number 2 makes a duck and so on......

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Presumably this child is in reception?

How is the child with counting, counting on and calculating? Sometimes I find that we can focus too heavily on number recognition and leave the very important skills of counting, especially counting out from a,larger set, counting things that cant be touched, seen or moved, and counting on and back from different numbers.

So when we say 'he knows his numbers' (or when parents say it), be sure you know what you/they mean.

She's an older child in Nursery. A five termer. Shes doing quite well in all the other areas and it seems unusual that at this stage she has no number recognition. Very rarely send "homework" home in Nursery but wanted to see if it made a difference to her. She can count etc.

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Can I suggest you take a look on ABC does, Alistar has just shared a parent home link regarding maths. If its any use.

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I uploaded our parents leaflet in the resources area , this term we laminated them after a parent said she was more likely to use it this way and it would not get crumpled up or mislaid .

 

This week we used a flat cardboard box ( our Sainsburys marlktimg stuff came in) , made car parking spaces with numbers , I used it as key group activity , did some number recognition and matching first and then drew numbers out of bag and children after choosing their own vehicle had to park it in corresponding number , went really well and allowed me to observe each child . And it was Fun !

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