Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years
- Kate Tucker - Early Years Teacher and Trainer, Exeter
'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.
Really good balance of theory and practical ideas
This book is a useful resource for early years practitioners and provides lots of useful activities to try out in practice. The case studies provide opportunity for reflection and useful talking points to link theory and practice.
A useful resource for undergraduate students, those on a PGCE course and early-career teachers.
accessible for trainees to use and read, encouraging their understanding of EYFS within primary education.
Excellent reading and and really easy to understand and implement in practice
Key area of study for early years practitioners and important for them to feel confident in teaching maths to young children. Important for practitioners to be aware of strategies to use to teach maths through play not only direct instruction.
Clear and well written with interesting concepts. Easy to access for undergraduate students.
A curriculum supportive text. The area of Mathematics in Early Years education has not been widely or effectively addressed. This text begins to address the 'gap'.
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.
This book is more suited to a level 2 learner rather than level 3 upwards. It has some good ideas that could be adapted.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Photocopiable 1: Independent Play
Photocopiable 2 Independent play in the outside teaching and learning area