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It's not easy for a child to get a handle on time - they gradually learn to understand time units over a long period. Talk with them about the days of the week - the five days a week that they go to school, and the two days off at the weekend. Five and two add up to seven days a week.
Gradually get to know the names of all seven days. Talk about what day it is today and what happens on that day. Do you have any regular activities like football, dancing, or scouts on particular days? Draw a chart together of the seven days and fill in what happens regularly on each day of the week.
Write the days of the week onto a card each, then shuffle them and see if your child can get them back into the right order.
Notice with your child how the names of the days always end in "-day". Only the first part of the name changes each time.
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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