# Gymathstics sessions help build a strong foundation in maths.

Gymathstics Sessions develop basic mathematical concepts.

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Gymathstics sessions develop the basic mathematical concepts needed to understand the complicated language of shapes and numbers.

Concepts are the building blocks of knowledge which allow young children to organize and categorize information. Children develop concepts from birth and use these concepts to solve problems in everyday experiences.

The four fundamental concepts young children need to develop before counting, addition and subtraction are:

One-to-one correspondence: This is basis of mathematical concepts. It is the understanding that one group has the same number of things as another. For example: Each child takes out one star on their mat. This concept must be developed before counting and forms the basis to the understanding of equivalence.

The learners ability to understand that the number symbol 1 represents one shape all falls under the concept one-to-one correspondence. Young children need to be given the opportunity to explore this concept through multi- sensory activities, movement and games in order for the concept to fully develop.

Number Sense: This concept allows young children to make connections between quantities and counting. The understanding of more and less, number conservation(i.e. relationship between space and quantity), estimation as well as measurement.

In order to develop the concept of number sense children should be given opportunities to construct number meanings through real-world experiences and the use of physical materials which will help them to understand the number system by relating, counting, grouping and eventually place value concepts.

You can practice number sense everyday with your little one at home by just making them aware of the numbers in their environment and play space.

Shape: The concept of shape is more than naming shapes, it is understanding the attributes of shape and applying them to problem solving. Young children develop their concept of space as infants by observing their environment. They learn through looking and feeling with their hands and mouth. They feel shape differences long before they can describe these differences in words. Matching and classifying activities are great for young learners.

When teaching the geometry vocabulary to young children, allow them to use their own vocabulary to describe shapes before the conventional vocabulary is introduced. Children need opportunities to explore two-dimensional objects(Clip Counters) as well as three-dimensional shapes( giant building blocks) in order to build a strong foundation.

Spatial Sense: The concept of spatial sense is the basis of geometry. Young children need to develop the spatial sense in order to describe, name, interpret relative positions in space and apply ideas about direction and distance. Once their spatial sense is developed they are able to navigate space and apply ideas about direction and distance.

The ability to find and name locations with simple relationships such as “near to” and “far from”

A sense of spatial relationships along with an understanding of shape is fundamental to interpreting, understanding and appreciating shapes in our world which is developed in each Gymathstics session.

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