Using Numicon at Home
Preparing your child for school
Wanting to support your child at school
Worried about progress at school
Wanting to challenge your child
Your child has special needs
Numicon can help you.
Most Maths programmes begin with counting as the entry point for learning about number and what numbers mean.
Numicon is different.
Numicon teaches children about numbers and what they mean, before and alongside counting and patterning activities through hands-on activities, games, songs, in a structured approach.
This way of teaching is so supportive to all children, but particularly those requiring a visual, hands-on style.
The teaching manual is written as a step-by-step guide with photos, ideas for outside activities, real-life activities and easy assessment tools.
Most children with Down syndrome, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, Fragile X, Prader-Willi syndrome and students with other learning issues make encouraging progress with Numicon.
There are many challenges in learning maths:
Words and their use are confusing- especially in English!
Numbers are not objects- they cannot be picked up and explored. Instead they are a concept.
Some children find sequencing of numbers and the place-value system difficult to grasp.
That's why being able to pick up the shapes of the numbers and do things with them (and with the pegs to make the patterns of the holes), children see numbers as 'wholes' made up of parts.
The Numicon experience gives students the opportunity to learn numeracy through:
Words Shapes Numerals Number lines Counting Patterning Sequencing Everyday life experiences
Cuisenaire Rods (optional) Songs Craft Play activities
Home educator- One-to-one kit for Firm Foundations. You can begin this when the child is 4 or 5. Conversion Packs to continue the programme or Numicon Homework Activities
Wanting to support your child at school- Numicon Homework Activities which includes a Maths Bag- lots of fun and games written just for you.
Worried about progress at school- Download the free Assessment Guide and work your way through the activities to know where to start
Wanting to challenge your child- Investigations with Numicon and the Resources if you need them
Your child has special needs- Closing the Gap- written specifically for your child
The Numicon pieces can all be purchased separately- if you need more...Not a problem!
If you have a child with dyslexia and/or dyscalculia and are wanting to support him/her at home, we recommend purchasing the Kit One Plus Pack and the Maths Bag. This will give you enough resources to begin with. Any extras can be purchased separately.
If you have a child at intermediate or secondary school struggling with maths, then please contact us. Using the Numicon shapes to solve mathematical problems really helps those students 'see' the concepts and gives them the opportunity to explore and learn without the fear of making mistakes. Investigations with Numicon may be your answer.
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