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Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years

Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years

Third Edition

February 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

Really good balance of theory and practical ideas

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
May 22, 2018

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.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Early Years and Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
November 7, 2017

A useful resource for undergraduate students, those on a PGCE course and early-career teachers.

Mrs Abigail Carolyn Gosling
Education Studies, Bedfordshire University
September 19, 2016

accessible for trainees to use and read, encouraging their understanding of EYFS within primary education.

Ms Maria McArdle
School Of Education, University Of Bedfordshire
March 30, 2016

Excellent reading and and really easy to understand and implement in practice

Mrs Carmel Dunne
VEC , Galway and Roscommon Education and training Board
November 10, 2015

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.

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Education Department, Roehampton University
August 20, 2015

Clear and well written with interesting concepts. Easy to access for undergraduate students.

Miss Louise Kay
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
July 3, 2015

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'.

Mrs Faith Anne Fletcher
Secondary Education, The University of Chester
August 25, 2015

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

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