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Developing Early Maths through Story
Step-by-step advice for using storytelling as a springboard for maths activities
Developing Early Maths through Story is a guide to help educators feel more confident about teaching early mathematics. Ideal for use with 3- to 5-year-olds, the book will encourage young learners to engage with mathematical concepts, both outdoors and indoors, and show educators how to help children creatively develop maths skills. The book contains 14 chapters, on numbers 0 to 13. Each chapter includes: a brief outline of a traditional story; EYLF learning objectives; the resources needed; suggestions for younger children and babies; scope for outdoor activities and for using natural materials; further activities, games and extension questions; suggestions for using ICT; and assessment opportunities.
Marion Leeper is an early years teacher and storyteller who has used story and small world play to teach maths throughout a 20-year teaching career. She is a regular writer for Early Years Educator magazine, and many of her features focus on story and mathematical thinking.
Dr Tracey Muir is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests include effective teaching of numeracy, student engagement, teacher knowledge and the use of children’s literature to teach mathematics. She regularly conducts professional learning for teachers and has delivered workshops, presentations and keynote addresses at national and