Numbers are all around us, counting things, time, sorting objects ordering and for organisational purposes. Knowing the 'twoness of two' is vital to then fully understand later mathematical problems.
We want our children to become confident mathematicians, in the same way that we want them to become confident readers and writers. Knowing about numbers and being able to count are an important part of the mathematical knowledge and skills that children need as they grow.
Children learn to recognise numerals by seeing them written down. They learn about the order that numbers come in by hearing and saying the number names. However children need more than this in order to really understand how much each number is worth – to know the ‘twoness’ of two’. Knowing the value of each number will give them a firm foundation on which to build the rest of their mathematical journey.
Children need opportunities to experience and explore amounts in lots of different ways, this helps their brain to make the connection between number names and how much each number is worth.
Activities to try:
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