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The Maths Box: Early Years

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The Early Years Maths Box was written to support the teaching and learning of mathematical skills and concepts in Infant Classes.

The box contains:

  • four copies each of 75 unique cards – (300 cards in total).
  • 75 colourful answer cards.
  • 1 comprehensive, photocopiable Teachers Guide that includes:
    • practice sample cards
    • lesson plans
    • suggestions for differentiation and assessment
    • additional activities to support the cards and the concepts
    • photocopiable activity sheets
    • coloured resources
    • games
    • online literature links
  • scope and sequence chart
  • teacher tracking sheets for individual pupils and the whole class

Benefits of The Early Years Maths Box:

  • supports oral language development
  • encourages and motivates active maths learning
  • enables a smooth transition from one year to the next
  • assists the teacher to meet all curricular requirements
  • provides pupils with the skills and concepts required for their age level
  • improves learning outcomes by providing effective concept development
  • real-life mathematics connects learners to the wider world
  • allows effective management of teacher’s time

    I have been sent the Maths Box for Early Years to review. I am currently teaching Senior Infants and have had the last month to put the activities to use! First of all, let me explain the product for you. The Maths box is a colourful and robust box that contains 300 colourful cards to help support the teaching and learning of mathematical skills in the Infant Classes. It is not intended as an independent resource but more so teacher-led table or group. There are 4 copies of each of the 75 unique maths cards and I would be able to use a card per table if I had access to three other SET teachers. Therefore, this resource would be absolutely super for in-class support or a smaller withdrawal setting with the SET. Each card sets a challenge based on a maths curriculum objective. The photocopiable Teacher’s Guide that comes with it has a full page lesson plan explaining how to introduce the skill, set up the maths card and then extend the learning with additional activities. There are useful sections on differentiation and assessment and suggestions for online resources and links. For an extra bonus, it comes with a free digital version of the Teacher’s Guide as well with a scope and sequence chart. The scope and sequence chart is a long term plan and it gives you the ability to track individual pupil and and the whole class with some lovely teacher tracking sheets. This product is different because not only does it add to your own maths teaching in an easy and pick up and go way, it supports oral language development with the instructions on the card that the teacher reads out and the pupil responds. Each card is made up of 3 varying levels of ability so whether the teacher is working with any ability grouping, these cards will work well. I used the cards easily once I had completed my own short term plans by selecting the appropriate card for the curriculum objective and mathematical skill and slotting that into my maths groups. I am aware it is pricey but it is a brilliant investment if you want to find new, active ways to jazz up your own maths teaching and learning and to ensure all abilities are being challenged.

    mash.ie

    Overall I really like the Maths box and definitely think it would be a great addition to any classroom for station teaching or for use with early finishers. The cards and interesting, relevant, colourful and incorporate real life maths.

    irishprimaryteacher.ie

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