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Learning Numeracy

A SMEY core learning theme covered in Twinkle Tots and Creative Minds classes.
Twinkle tots 2-3 y/o classesCreative Minds 4-6 y/o classes

Reinforcing maths concepts in a fun and interactive way

The Shining Minds Early Years numeracy learning theme is part of all of our class, and will get your child ready for school in a fun, interactive way by reinforcing early math concepts.

They will begin school with more confidence in maths and be ready to take on the new challenges that the school classroom brings.

Numeracy is included in both the Twinkle Tots 2-3 year-old group, and  Creative Minds 4-6 year old group. View class details here.

Shapes

Helps children identify and organise visual information.

Colours

Early identification of colors helps to create the cognitive link between visual clues and words.

Matching

Matching improves concentration and visual memory while sorting helps memory skills and understanding patterns.

Reading/Writing

Writing and reading simple numbers. Recognition of numbers supports the development of other number skills, such as counting.

Addition

Learning addition is an important tool as it is used to learn how to solve many problems in everyday life.

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Subtraction

Take away concepts are taught through fun games and are used to solve many problems in everyday life.

Why numeracy is important in early childhood development

Numeracy, is the recognition, understanding, and use of mathematics and having the capabilities to use mathematics to achieve a goal whether in personal, school, or work situations.

For children, developing numeracy skills early gives them a foundation for learning how to use mathematics in everyday life, for problem-solving and making informed decisions using mathematical concepts and data.

In early childhood, children start developing ‘number sense’ at as young as 6 months of age. It is important that this innate capacity to learn is fostered with plenty of practice to make the understanding of more complex mathematical concepts that will be introduced in the school years easier.

Children enter school with a wide range of early numeracy skills but they vary greatly in how they acquire, and how quickly they acquire, different concepts (Klibanoff, Levine, Huttenlocher, Vasilyeva, & Hedges, 2006; Kroesbergen, Van Luit, Van Lieshout, Van Loosbroek, & Van de Rijt, 2009).

Children’s informal number sense when they enter school provides a foundation for their school mathematics achievement and strongly predicts their maths competence later in school (Geary, 2015). More on these studies can be found here.

Shining Minds Early Years Numeracy

Our numeracy learning theme is covered in all classes along with our other core themes of literacy and mindfulness and has been specially crafted to give your child this opportunity through our class programs, as well as incursions for daycares and ELCs.

The numeracy learning theme with Shining Minds Early Years seeks to support your child’s numeracy development through teaching them numeracy concepts with plenty of practical lessons in a fun and dynamic nature.

We find that SMEY children love to learn maths and are entertained throughout the class, and feel proud of their achievements as they start grasping new concepts.

Our Classes

Our literacy learning theme is a core theme within our Twinke Tots 2-3 year-old and Creative Minds 4-6 year-old classes, not a program on it’s own.

The classes cover all three of our core themes, literacy, numeracy and mindfulness under one single class which is what makes our offering unique.

What Our Families are Saying

Interactive and engaging

“Anita and Daniela at Shining Minds Early Years are both fabulous, passionate educators.
The program offered is fun, interactive and engaging! I love how children are encouraged to take risks with their learning. Children belong to a safe environment where their is a real sense of community! It’s all about school readiness! It mostly encourages children to listen to each other and focus on a task before they commence their primary school life!” – Clara Privitera

A nurturing approach

“Experienced and friendly educators with a firm understanding of the preschool age group. Shining Minds have a nurturing approach to teaching young children and make every child feel special and important. Highly recommend Shining Minds Early years!” – Michelle Grillo

Helped with school readiness

“Thank you for offering such a nurturing space where children can explore language & literacy in a fun filled and stimulating environment. We enrolled my son in the hope he would learn the fundamentals he needed for school. We can honestly say this program has helped with school readiness and the educators at Shining Minds Early Years are fantastic, they have nurtured his confidence and we are delighted.” – Kate Jayne