EMC101 Let's Count (8)


This subject is based on the Let's Count early mathematics program designed by The Smith Family and academics from Charles Sturt University and Australian Catholic University to assist parents and other family members to help their young children aged 3-5 years play with, investigate and learn powerful mathematical ideas in ways that develop positive dispositions to learning as well as mathematical knowledge and skills. It relies on the parents and other family members providing the opportunities for the children to engage with the mathematics in their everyday lives, talk about it, document it, and extend it in ways that are relevant to them. This subject will involve early childhood educators in the role of mentors and advisers to the parents and family members of the children in their settings. This will have the impact of encouraging these educators to consider their own pedagogical approaches in mathematics and add to their repertoire of successful practices.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMC101
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate the influence of individuals' beliefs and culture (including their own) upon attitudes towards mathematics;
  • have developed effective communication strategies (written, oral, visual, interactive) for exploring and discussing with families in their setting the opportunities for learning mathematics in everyday family contexts;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify games, children's literature and music which support children's mathematical development
  • be able to use learning stories to document and communicate children's mathematical learning,
  • be able to plan, implement and evaluate family gatherings/conversations about mathematics within their early childhood setting; and
  • be able to use effective communication strategies to mentor families in supporting their children's mathematical development.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • young children's learning;
  • young children's mathematics learning;
  • attitudes, culture and language in young children's mathematics learning;
  • noticing and exploring everyday opportunities for mathematics learning; and
  • helping families to help their young children learn mathematics.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.