To ensure that every pupil acquires a strong foundation in mathematical skills, while developing a positive attitude towards numeracy
- As the NCF 2012 states: “In early years, children learn through observation, experimentation, trial and error, exposure to stimulating environments…”, so it is important to let the pupils think for themselves, arrive at their own conclusion, reason things out, rather than being spoon-fed.
- Each Kindergarten Assistant should make thorough lesson preparations to present the subject in an interesting and attractive manner;
- Hands-on activities with common objects will create the link between numeracy and daily life
- Use storybooks and traditional tales to teach maths in a creative way. These can help to create a stimulating learning environment which is both exciting and challenging.
The kindergarten assistants ensured that the teaching of mathematics was always done in a fun way using various hands-on activities. Recognition of numbers, numerical values, shapes and colours were some of the maths topics taught with the aid of flashcards, craft items and interactive educational games.
Large numbers and handouts relating to numbers were used to help the pupils learn how to recognize numbers as well as how to write them. The children also learned counting forward and back through the use of rhymes and songs. Blocks were used for numerical values and interactive games helped the students with their matching and sorting skills.
The Kinder 2 assistants often made use of the school’s gym for maths lessons related to finding colours, sorting and counting. Maths trails were also used.
The Kindergarten assistants in the Kinder 1 class used the Hungry Caterpillar’s story to teach their pupils the days of the week, counting the days as well as the fruits. The pupils also learnt the sequencing of the fruits as they appear in the story.
A number carpet was also used together with a myriad of other school resources as well as objects used in daily life.