Numeracy Counts

Numeracy Counts

Numeracy is the ability, willingness, and perseverance to interpret and apply mathematical understanding to solve problems in contextualized situations, and to analyze and communicate these solutions in ways relevant to the given context. This definition is set out in BC Ministry of Education Graduation Numeracy Assement Design Specifications.  

Mathematics is about counting, problem solving, organizing, measuring and estimating, as well as making patterns and sequencing. Mathematics is a part of numeracy.

Children who see themselves as capable math thinkers and problem solvers are on the road to mathematical success. By spending time with your child and giving him or her lots of encouragement and praise, you will help build your child's self-esteem and give him or her the confidence to try new things. We must be careful not to tell children that we, as adults, are uncomfortable or struggle with math. It provides children with a reason to give up when math concepts become more difficult.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Involving your child when you are doing everyday math
  • Asking ‘Does that make sense?', ‘Is the answer reasonable?' or ‘What other ways could we do this?'
  • Playing with blocks
  • Doing puzzles — puzzles are a great way for children to learn about sizes, shapes and colours.
  • Thinking out loud — so your child can learn about how you solve problems.
  • Playing cards
  • Playing board games
  • Treating errors as opportunities to help your child learn something new.

 

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