Starting out with maths – quantities and numerosities
The first step in learning maths is to learn that numbers represent quantities. If your child is still at this first stage I would recommend starting with the Tomato Tumble game. In this game your child will learn the number words one to twenty, how to count these numbers using one to one correspondence and that numbers represent different quantities. This game helps to develop the concept of numerosities which is the building block for further maths development.
Moving on in maths – number calculation and automatic number bonds
If your child can already undertake all the tasks above I would recommend theNutty Numbers game. This game teaches number calculation including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It starts from the very beginning with counting on using objects. It progresses to introducing the concepts of subtraction, multiplication and division and then teaching automatic number facts.
Using this approach your child learns the answers to simple sums automatically. This is designed to reduce the dependence on short term (working) memory so that children do not have to rely on counting numbers in their heads. Learning automatic number bonds makes future maths development easier.
Dr Reed’s recommendations:
- Sit with your child at first to check that they understand what to do.
- Supplement the computer games with board games such as snakes and ladders as these are a good way to make maths a shared fun experience.
- Try counting and calculating together in real life, for example counting and adding items when shopping or when sharing sweets or pieces of fruit.