# Helping your child with Maths In Nursery. Before your child starts school, help them to feel confident with numbers by talking about them and using them.

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Helping your child with Maths In Nursery

Before your child starts school, help them to feel confident with numbers by talking about them and using them during every day experiences. Count as many things as you can: the number of buttons as you fasten them, the number of fingers as you put on gloves, the number of socks as you put them in the washing machine or the number of place settings at a table Sing number nursery songs and rhymes as you are sitting in a traffic jam, walking to the shops etc. Many number songs such as Five Little Ducks or Ten Green Bottles, start with a number and count backwards. Some rhymes count in a forward sequence; a favourite example is '1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive'

Use bedtime picture story books as a source of counting practice. Ask your child to help you to count, for example, the number of teddies in a picture. When objects are in a line, encourage the habit of counting from left to right Count actions as you clap, stamp, wiggle fingers or climb stairs. This is very helpful in teaching children to say one count for each action. When you count things, help your child to see that the last counting word you say tells you how many things there were. Do this by emphasising the last number you say: "one, two, three, four. There are four teddies.'

Talk about the different shapes around the home and when you are out walking. Talk about big and small and make comparisons between objects. Encourage your child to say which object is bigger, then move on to putting objects in order of size, from biggest to smallest and smallest to biggest.

Talk to your child about whether their cup is full or empty. You could also play games at bath time, letting your child fill a cup of water and empty it out again. Help your child’s understanding of the world by talking about significant times of the day, for example lunchtime, play time, bath time and bed time. Use simple time language in every day situations, e.g. “We’ll read a story before you go to sleep.” “We are going to Grandma’s after school.” “It will be tea time soon.” “We are going to the park later.”

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