Yellow Bean Learning is helping me to change that!
In the average classroom, children spend double the time on Literacy (10 lessons) than they do on Maths (5 lessons). Parents spend time after school hearing their child read and practising their spelling words - but maths is not often included in nightly homework.
Many educational professionals believe that 'Early Number' is all about cognitive understanding and representation of number, i.e. seeing a group of 4 counters and knowing right away that's what 4 of something looks like (otherwise known as subitising). It's also important for children to recognise the numerals before they write them. Writing numerals is a handwriting skill - not a mathematical skill. Young children need to look, touch, play and count in order to develop a good foundation of their mathematical understanding.
Here are some of my favourite resources for teaching number 1-10. It's a beautiful mix with visual appeal and lots of opportunities for hands on, play based learning.
- Pebbles 1-10 (I just got these from Bunnings)
- Lego Duplo
- My First Numbers Book
- Number Cards + Gems (printables available here)
- Yellow Bean Learning Resource Kit
- Number Puzzle
The Yellow Bean Learning resources make me miss being in the classroom. That's how great they are! I've tested the simple games out with Miss M, but can't wait until I have the opportunity to explore more of them in the classroom when I return from maternity leave. They would be ideal for small groups, to extend or assist learners depending on their individual needs. Child Care centres could certainly incorporate it into their kindergarten programmes also. They'd be great for homeschooling parents, or for parents to use not only if their child is struggling, but to give them a solid foundation and understanding of Number which is so important for future life skills.
Yellow Bean has been created by teachers - so you can be assured that they know what they're talking about when it comes to maths! Every item, resource, material, game and guide has been put together with such care and beautifully presented. (I've loved flicking through the guides on my new iPad!).
The Early Numeracy Guide One is where you begin - ideal for children aged 3-6 and it takes you step by step through each of the games. I really like how the games can be modified to meet the individual needs of the child.
The Early Numeracy Expansion Guide is designed for when children are ready to move on to more challenges; numbers to 20, addition and subtraction, number before and after, friends of 10. The printables included in this guide are just brilliant - ideal for home or classroom use.
Pictured above is everything you'll get from Yellow Bean Learning;
- Set of 20 cups
- Deck of cards
- Ten frame
- Number Line
- 1-100 chart
- Number/Picture dinosaur flash cards
- Set of double sided counters & variety of dice
You can find the lovely team at Yellow Bean here... tell them Lauren from Teacher Types sent you!
They have such a clever, interesting Instagram checkerboard type feed. Check it out to see what I mean.
Keep practising those 1, 2, 3s!