Hands-On Education's Unique Approach to Mathematics
Mathematics is an essential subject that helps children develop a strong understanding of numbers, relationships between them, and patterns within those numbers. According to the British government, this is a crucial foundational step for children to excel mathematically.
At Hands-On Education, we believe in providing children with frequent and diverse opportunities to build and apply their understanding of mathematics. This includes using manipulatives such as small pebbles and tens frames to visualize and organize counting. By doing so, children can develop a strong base of knowledge and vocabulary that serves as the foundation for mastering mathematics.
In addition to these foundational skills, it's important to include rich opportunities for children to develop spatial reasoning skills in all areas of mathematics, including shape, space, and measures. By encouraging children to develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, they can look for patterns and relationships, make connections, and feel comfortable talking to adults and peers about what they notice. At Hands-On Education, we believe that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process, and we encourage children to "have a go" and not be afraid to take risks.