The development of early number sense is critical for children to be able to understand math in later years. These are important developmental skills that all students need in order to conceptually understand math. If there are gaps in these skills, we need to use intervention in order to fill the gaps so that the child can move forward in their numeracy learning.
The construct of number sense refers to a child’s fluidity and flexibility with numbers. It helps children understand what numbers mean, improving their performance of mental mathematics, and giving them the tools to look at maths in the outside world and make comparisons.
Children develop number sense gradually over time and at different rates through exploring numbers, visualising them in a variety of contexts, and relating them in ways that are not limited by formal written methods. Our Grade UKG buddies were introduced to different concept of numbers and number sense like ‘Before and After’, ‘More or Less’ in their online classes. They used different learning tools for the exploring these topics.
To explore and understand the concept of Number Sequence, they used pulses which is easily available at home. A number was given by the teacher and the student continued forming the sequence thus learning the concept of ‘After numbers’ as well.
They also worked to improve their observation skills when they learned about the topic of ‘More or Less’. They performed a quantity-based activity where they used two glasses and filled them with different amount of items like rice or pulses. They then compared the quantity by observing both the glasses to come up to a conclusion.