Everyday Maths through Everyday Provision
Developing opportunities for mathematics in the early years
Routledge – 2012 – 150 pages
Children are born naturally mathematical, so why is it sometimes so difficult to observe children being mathematical? Why do so many of us think we are ‘bad’ at maths and how does this subconsciously affect the provision, experiences and opportunities we provide for young children who are starting their mathematical learning journey?
This easily accessible book will help you to realise the wonderful mathematical learning happening in your setting all day and every day through the familiar resources and experiences routinely offered to young children. It will help you to think more reflectively about what you are providing for children and suggest ways of making provision richer and more exciting for you and the children in your care.
With chapters linked to areas of continuous provision including sand, water, dough, role play, music, outdoors and ICT among many others, this book features:
Providing a wealth of exciting, meaningful, play-based ways to promote mathematical learning and create a maths rich environment, this highly practical book will help you to develop young children’s confidence and enjoyment of maths through your everyday provision. It is a perfect resource for Early Years Practitioners working in all settings, as well as those studying on childcare, Early Childhood and Early Years Professional Status courses.
‘This book explores all aspects of early years provision from a mathematical perspective, whether in exploring food, getting out and about, construction, water, sand and dough play, and so on, and examines how to promote vocabulary and thinking skills. You will enjoy delivering maths as much as the children should learning it with the support of this brilliant text!’
Early Years Educator, vol. 13 April 2012, Martine Horvath
How to use this book
Food and Cookery
Music Making and Sounds
Out and About
Elaine Bennett is an experienced Early Years/Key Stage 1 practitioner and freelance writer who has also worked as an Early Years Consultant for Southend Local Authority.
Jenny Weidneris an Advanced Skills Teacher specialising in mathematics and provides training for professionals working in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.