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Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years

Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years

Third Edition

January 2014 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'The book is grounded in the latest research about how children become effective learners, particularly in relation to mathematics. Bringing together research and practice in an accessible way, Kate Tucker provides an essential resource for all those who work with young children. I strongly recommend it!' - Dr Sue Rogers, Head of Department of Early years and Primary Education, Institute of Education

Offering practical examples of focused, playful teaching this popular book is back for a third edition, with even more activities to use in your setting with children aged from 3 to 8.

Completely updated to include the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, this new edition covers all the hot topics in the field, and now includes:

  • a new section on teaching mathematics in Forest School
  • more coverage of using ICT to teach mathematics
  • more coverage of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • a key vocabulary section at the end of each chapter, and a detailed glossary
  • expanded and updated suggestions for Further Reading
  • even more activities to use in lessons, with some extended to include 7-8 year olds

With a user-friendly layout, this new edition is an ideal resource for practitioners wishing to enhance their mathematics teaching, and for students wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use play to teach mathematics.

Kate Tucker is an early years teacher, trainer and writer based in Devon.

Play and Problem Solving
Creating and Using a Mathematical Environment
Creative Recording and Mathematical Graphics
Counting and Using Number
Shape and Space
Planning, Organizing and Assessing Independent Play
Parents as Partners: Involving Parents in Mathematics and Play

I have recommended this book to Early Years Foundation Degree Students and I have added it to the book list in a unit which is concerned with planning maths through play. It is an interesting read with clear ideas about how to engage children in maths through books and oral story telling. It explains the difference between reading and story telling. It also combines theory alongside these ideas. I particularly liked the reference to cultural tools for literacy and mathematical thinking.

Mrs Jaqueline Braithwaite
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
April 29, 2015

This book is more suited to a level 2 learner rather than level 3 upwards. It has some good ideas that could be adapted.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
February 18, 2015

A text packed with practical examples and resources which was expected based on the book description, but it met it's promise brilliantly. It presents students with numerous examples to try for themselves and develop their own ideas from.

Dr Tracey Devonport
Sports, Wolverhampton University
February 15, 2015

Lots of really practical ideas with examples of teacher interaction and possible next steps. Easily accessible and easy to use the ideas.

Mrs Amanda Wilkinson
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
January 6, 2015

good activities for mathematics in the classroom

Ms Alison Stevenson
Early years & young people, North West Regional college
August 20, 2014

Very useful book encouraging students understanding of developing the concepts of mathematical skills through play.
Great for the students on Childhood studies degree, or Primary Ed.

Dr Marguerita Magennis
Education , Univ of Limerick, Mary Immaculate Coll
August 12, 2014

This is an inspiring book, full of practical ideas and examples. An invaluable resource for Early Years teachers.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
August 6, 2014

This publication is full of clear and well structured mathematical activities that engage children in active learning. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 30, 2014

This book is grounded in the latest research about how children become effective learners, particularly in relation to mathematics.

This book is an essential resource for all those who work with young children.
I strongly recommend it!

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
July 3, 2014

An excellent resource for anyone working with children, giving them an underpinning knowledge of how maths is incorporated into every day learning.

June 24, 2014

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