# Maths

We sing number songs every day and practise counting to 20. You can continue this at home and do it as part of a game. You can count in a loud voice, a quiet voice, a squeaky voice or a grumpy one. We sometimes count as we stretch up slowly from the ground or we go from quiet to loud and then blast off like a rocket ship!

However you do it, just try to make it as active and fun as you can.

If you think your child needs to work on 1-5 or 1-10 first, then focus on those numbers. If your child is counting confidently to 20, try backwards! Every child learns at their own pace and they will soon let you know if they need more or less from you.

## 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Here is a song you can use to practise counting to 10.

This week, you can work on one to one correspondence with your child which means learning to count each item when counting a group and not just randomly pointing at them and saying all the numbers!

Ways to do this:

Count items they are interested in. Choose something from around the house such as buttons, coins, shoes, ice cubes on a tray, spoons etc. You can count anything! Ask them to physically move each one when they count it. You can move them from one bowl to another or from one side of the table to the other. As long as they are counting each one as they go then they are developing the skill.

If your child does this easily, you can move on to matching the numeral to the amount. They can use number cards you have drawn on bits of paper to match them to the correct pile.

You can then move on to counting things other than objects for example, you can count claps, jumps, stamps, throws of a ball, bites of food and anything else you can think of!

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