For practitioners and teachers who are blessed to work in the early years, finding activities which are engaging and meaningful are critical to helping the development of all children. These formative years in education are key and will embed attitudes and a joy for learning which, if encouraged carefully, will follow them through their lifetime.
But then there’s maths! A subject which many love and which many loathe, but supporting children in their early mathematical skills can ignite curiosities and actually bring about the enjoyment of the challenges which maths inevitably throws.
Supporting teachers and practitioners, the book “Maths is all Around You”, by Marianne Knaus & Sally Featherstone is packed full of practical and engaging activities aimed at bringing numbers to life in an Early Years setting, presenting a broad range of concepts and aims to widen the narrow view that maths for young children is just about numbers and shapes. The content includes pattern (early algebra), counting, number, early operations, measurement, shape and spatial awareness (geometry), matching, sorting, data analysis and the introduction of chance (statistics and probability).
Packed with real-life images, and a strong emphasis on a play-based approach to learning maths, we feel that this book is great for educators and parents who want to explore and investigate maths concepts to enrich children’s experiences and extend their current thinking and learning.
Published by Bloomsbury, Maths is all Around You Developing mathematical concepts in the early years by Marianne Knaus and Sally Featherstone is priced at £18.99 (paperback), available from Amazon UK by clicking here.