Early Numeracy Week
Did you know that we are taking part in the Early Learning Initiative's Early Numeracy Week? The Central Library (ILAC Centre), Charleville Mall, Ringsend and Pearse Street Library have numeracy corners set up that are full of books and activities, so that you and your child can read and play together. Why not join in with these activities from 13 February to 10 March 2017. These libraries will also have counting and number books on display until 10 March and your librarian will be able to recommend books too.
Last term the theme for Numeracy Week was 'Symbols of the Environment'. This term the theme is Numbers. Numbers are a type of symbol, they use a 'symbol' to represent an idea, for example 5 is the same as five. As adults we have learned this, but children need to be exposed to number in lots of different ways in order for them to understand that 5 or five means 5 things.
By reading stories about numbers, singing nursery rhymes about numbers and playing different games about numbers, we are helping our children understand the concepts and symbols of numbers.
Some of the books about Numbers and Counting that you will find in your library are:
Hippos go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton
The Crayons Book of Numbers, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
One Mole Digging a Hole, by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt
Counting in the Garden, by Emily Hruby and Patrick Hruby
Spot Can Count, by Eric Hill
Farm 1 2 3, by Rod Campbell
ABC Early Numeracy Programme is part of the Area Based Childhood Programme, and supported by the Early Learning Initiative of the National College of Ireland and by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.