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Numeracy just means the ability to understand and work with numbers. That's a skill that develops over a long period of time. You can support your child's numeracy development in the early years. Watch this video from Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with Limerick & Clare ETB and Marino Institute. It's part of their "Literacy on the Loose" programme.
The video stresses the importance of play. It is through play that your child will discover and make sense of their world. By exploring and experimenting your child will begin to recognise patterns and sequences, different sizes and shapes, numbers and the values they represent.
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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