The Vygotskian approach is that pre-academic skills should emerge out of children’s interests in a social context appropriate to young children. Large groups of children should not be drilled on counting by a teacher. Instead, the use of numbers should emerge naturally when children are engaged in activities such as measuring ingredients for a recipe or dividing up tokens for use in a game.
Levels of numeracy are monitored by the regular use of proprietary assessments from Sylvan Learning. This gives us an objective way to monitor improvements in numeracy, and respond appropriately to the individual needs of each child, whether it be for extra support or extension work.