Before she started school, I used this book frequently with little miss, and have used it on numerous occasions within the classroom.
The book is ideal for children learning to count and recognise numbers to 10 and is thus ideal for children up to and beyond Year 1, depending on their understanding of numbers.
The book consists of a number of photocopiable worksheets, 3 for each number up to 10. These each have a small picture in the corner I can count 1/2/3 etc boats/cars/hats etc. There is then a box into which children are instructed to cut and stick the appropriate number of objects and then a section at the bottom of the page where children can practise number formation.
At the back of the book are pages of objects to be cut out. This means that should the children be asked to cut out cars, there are photocopiable cars; this makes it much easier for the teacher/parent as there is no need to draw the objects. It is also easier for children because rather than concentrating on drawing the pictures (which could take ages) they are concentrating on learning numbers.
Right at the very back (the last sheet) there is a blank sheet so that numbers and pictures can be added as required.
There is also a section of alternative number formations. I have found that the number formation follows that as adopted in the majority of schools, but have encountered different number formation. This book has several pages with different formation so that children dont become confused if asked to write a number in a way different to the way in which they have been taught.
Publisher: easylearn, Trent House, Fiskerton, Southwell, Notts.
Go onto the website and there are lots of materials produced by easylearn.
Some of the most useful I have found, to run alongside this book, and for this age range are:
Learning First Letters
Maths Number Book 1-5
Basic Words Bingo set
Big Phonics Book
The publisher also produces stickers, and games and produces resources in the Welsh language.
Whilst I think this book and most of the products made by this firm are excellent, I do appreciate that for normal home use, they are quite cost prohibitive.
The website does have a section where it is possible to download examples of the materials, and if your child requires extra practise in some area, I would suggest that this is a good idea.
If you do have the opportunity or budget to buy this book, it is an excellent buy.
The sheets are child friendly, and are excellent as homework worksheets as they are self explanatory and provide a clear work focus. The book fits in with a multi sensory approach to teaching number and allows for lots of number formation practise.
I have used these with special needs children who find fine motor skills difficult; not only is it excellent for number formation but also as practise for cutting and sticking skills. As I mentioned before, one of the reasons I would recommend it is that the pictures are already prepared; no longer do children have to toil away drawing the 9 birds (or whatever) in the area provided. We can concentrate on the concept rather than the drawing of the objects.
Children enjoy these worksheets because they can quickly become familiar with what is expected of them and so feel a sense of success. Little Miss thoroughly enjoyed completing them because one sheet required colouring in, cutting, sticking and writing- nothing too dull there!
The book is clearly laid out, excellent quality and if you get the chance, borrow some of the sheets from school.
Thanks for reading.
Practises number formation and consolidates early counting work. Includes cut and stick and drawing work to consolidate fine motor skills and motivate the pupil.