The mathematics programme was successfully customised and piloted within 4 preschools during 2013. In January 2014 KET introduced the Numicon Mathematics programme to 31 affiliated preschools in Knysna and Sedgefield. Numicon was developed to teach children new ways of learning mathematics and is based on 16 years of research done in the UK. The programme uses methodologies that are suitable for young children and provides the sensory, hands-on experiences that enable children to build concepts and gain knowledge through their senses. The multisensory approach is well suited to the learning styles of young children. To date the Trust has trained 77 practioners and 11 volunteers. The feedback from the preschools has been extremely positive. The teachers are finding the programme easy to administer and the children are thoroughly enjoying working with it. Mathematics is a key element in the triad of basic skills required at ECD level together with literacy and life skills.
Funding is required for this programme to ensure the continuous support, training and development both in-centre and on-site. New teachers enter the preschools and new preschools affiliate with the Trust continuously. Regular teacher interaction and training will ensure the programme is effectively implemented. As the children become more competent teacher training needs to keep pace in order to provide the necessary extension and more advanced concept development. Please contact Nicky Goodall should you be interested in supporting this valuable programme.
|Children aged 3 to 6 years develop an understanding of number concepts and relationships essential for success in mathematics.||
|Teachers trained in implementing NUMICON.||
|Teachers trained to extend and enrich mathematical concept acquisition.||