This innovative resource is designed to help early years practitioners feel more confident about teaching early Mathematics using stories and rhymes to demonstrate concepts in ways that are both fun and meaningful to children. Storytelling as a creative springboard for Maths activities, including outdoors, will also encourage those who feel they could never tell a story, applying it as an effective tool for teaching and learning.
Developing Early Maths through Story contains 14 chapters, each containing sections for different activities. The introduction will include straightforward advice on 'how to use the book' to ensure the best possible outcome, and some theoretical background; touching on schemas and open-ended activities.
Each section includes:-
A brief outline of a traditional story
Opportunities for adult-directed learning
Follow-up activities suitable for children from 3-5 (for all kinds of early years settings, including the home)
Scope for outdoor activities and for using natural materials
Where relevant, suggestions for using ICT
Further activity suggestions for younger children and babies.
This is also a perfect resource for parents and carers who want to explore or extend the learning of Maths at home with their children, in a very accessible and enjoyable way
About the author
Marion Leeper is an early years teacher and storyteller who has used story and small world play to teach Maths throughout a twenty-year teaching career. She has published a series of articles on storytelling and schemas for Early Years Educator magazine, with s strong focus on story and mathematical thinking. Marion is based in Cambridge.