Numeracy at Wiggles

“The only way to learn mathematics, is to do mathematics” Paul Halmos

 

Mathematics plays an important part in our everyday lives and is in nearly everything we do from reading a bus timetable, to changing the TV channel, to weighing out ingredients or to checking our change from the supermarket just to name a few and it is during these early years that children can practise and master these fundamental skills.

 

Our babies are learning about numeracy as they:

  • Track with their eyes
  • Enjoy looking at patterns
  • Enjoy looking at faces
  • Understand basic cause and effect
  • Understand size

Our toddlers are learning about numeracy as they:

  • Count items using one to one correspondence
  • Look at shapes
  • Talk about the volume a bucket will hold
  • use words about weights and measures
  • estimate distances
  • divide up and share out food
  • Explore empty and full
  • Understand daily patterns of routines
  • Complete knob puzzles to understand space
  • Begin to understand prepositions (in/out)

 

Our pre-schoolers are learning about numeracy as they:

  • Recognise shapes in the world
  • Start sorting by colour, shape and size
  • Use maths for a purpose
  • Understand that numerals stand for amounts
  • Rote count to 20
  • Use spatial awareness to put puzzles together
  • Count with the concept of one-to-one correspondence
  • Start to make predictions
  • Use cause and effect
  • Compare and classify by height, size or gender

In every Wiggles and Giggles classroom you will find a variety of materials and resources that will allow the children to explore, investigate and master many of these mathematical skills as well as a group of educators who are there to guide the learning and introduce mathematical concepts into the children’s world.