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Have a look at the video above and join in once you get to know the song. It's about a camel - perhaps your child has seen a camel at the zoo? In real life camels have either one or two humps on its back.
But this is a funny counting song, so the camel sometimes has five humps and then it reduces gradually to one hump, then none. Watch how the children enjoy counting out loud and holding up their fingers. Encourage your child to use their fingers to count out loud.
Once your child begins to recognise the numbers one to five, try counting down before you do something like a race or a jump. For instance, "five, four, three, two one, blast off".
Maths is more than working with numbers. It also consists of shape and space, patterns, measuring – things you do and come across in everyday life. When children begin to learn formal maths at school, they are building on a foundation of early numeracy learning from home. Even though they may not even be aware of it, parents and children engage in numeracy activity as part of their everyday lives.
Always teach numbers in a natural way through everyday activities and play. Count steps on a stairs, food in your shopping trolley or cows in a field. Compare things when talking big or small, long or short, older or younger and faster or slower: “You carry the small box and I’ll take the big one.” Use the words – up and down, over and under, near or far, more or less when talking to your child. Talk about the shapes of everyday things. Ask your child what shapes they can see around the room they’re in.
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