Can you help me help my Reception aged son with Maths - which resources?

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SleepFreeZone Tue 28-Nov-17 12:07:02

DS1 has just turned five. He is doing ok at school, he was quite delayed at preschool but is catching up really well now.

We recently went to an Active Maths session that his school ran and he is now extremely keen to learn about numbers - addition and subtraction etc. He loves his homework and gets a small amount currently. I think we could easily add a few minutes of Maths each night without any problems.

He seems to do very well with recognising number patterns - on a die for example. But mental Maths seems a bit tricky for him. I was recently reading about number bonds but I'm wondering if there's an online resource we could work through maybe?

Btw I'm not in the slightest bit interested in hot housing him, this is simply me trying to encourage his interest alongside school.

Thanks x

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ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 28-Nov-17 12:14:44

At his age I'd try to incorporate maths into everyday life; counting marbles, adding up pairs of socks, making it a game. A great way to introduce him to simple sums would be to give him a small amount of change as pocket money. You can even supervise him buying something in a shop, working out which coins he would need and the change.

Giving him extra written maths homework at 5? It's a no from me.

user789653241 Tue 28-Nov-17 12:48:25

austenozzy Tue 28-Nov-17 12:50:54

Twinkl has some good stuff on it. Small monthly subscription but worth it you’re a frequent user.

SleepFreeZone Tue 28-Nov-17 13:57:29

Lovely the night you. He is currently working his way through lots of those dry marker books just because he wants to, his nanny got them for him and he likes doing them. So it's not a case of me setting written homework.

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SleepFreeZone Tue 28-Nov-17 13:57:42

* thank you

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SleepFreeZone Tue 28-Nov-17 13:58:18

I shall go through those links this evening 💐

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AmberLangslow Tue 28-Nov-17 18:43:00

My DS is in Y1 and enjoys the Squeebles maths apps for basic calculation practice (only tried the addition/subtraction one but there are others). They do Numicon at his school, which I think looks good and you can get packs to use at home (quite pricey for what they are though).

itispersonal Tue 28-Nov-17 21:30:29

It's not an online resource but I would suggest numicon as a resource to support number sense.

Crumbs1 Tue 28-Nov-17 21:39:08

Mine learnt maths through weighing and measuring as we cooked, sorting the button box into colours, patterns, shapes etc, water play with various volume jugs, sharing out tubes of smarties, counting the steps wherever we went, making things like snowflake cut outs, cubes, pyramids, timing things, pocket money. Maths in everyday life rather than workbooks.

happy2bhomely Tue 28-Nov-17 21:49:05

We've got this and my 4 year old loves it. Our 7 and 9 year old like to play with it too.

We also have counting bears, linking cubes and numicon. We home ed. She just plays with it all but she is learning more every day. She has started to copy numbers from a ruler too.

thisagain Wed 29-Nov-17 07:06:04

Our school has subscribed to Education City and I think is well done and helping my son, who seems to be enjoying it. It's good for Maths and English.

toomuchicecream Wed 29-Nov-17 18:49:50

Definitely get a Numicon at home kit - would make a good Christmas present. Comes with a book of suggestions of things you can do with the Numicon to develop his conceptual understanding. (other retailers available ;) )

Appuskidu Wed 29-Nov-17 18:55:29

I was going to suggest going suggest Numicon as well. It’s truly great stuff-you can use it in the sand, paint, playdo, printing etc. Keep it very practical and fun!

user789653241 Wed 29-Nov-17 19:13:20

Oh, I love maths educational toys. They are really great for understanding maths concepts. We had loads(second hand from DN) and definitely made my ds very maths loving child.

In addition to Numicons, this site has lots of great ones.

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