Not everyone loves maths. But everyone uses maths in their everyday
life, so it is important for your child's future that they are
successful in mathematics. One of the easiest ways to help ensure that
this happens is to be supportive of their experiences in maths. Do you
spend as long helping your child learn about maths as you do reading? Do
you show a positive attitude towards your child's maths learning? You
are your child's most important role model and their attitude towards
maths is likely to reflect your own.
It is easy to be interested in the books your child is reading, the
writing they are doing, and the sports they are playing at school. Try
to be equally interested in the maths they are learning.
Listen to them
The Numeracy Project aims to encourage children to think about
different ways of solving problems, and to be able to explain them to
others. If your child is explaining how they answered a question - listen. They may not answer it the same way that you would, but that
does not mean they are wrong. Expect your child to use different
strategies to solve problems. Encourage them to explain their thinking.
Sometimes you might need to use materials, such as counters, or pen and
paper for them to demonstrate what they mean. Be prepared to try
different strategies yourself!
Give them opportunities to do maths
Maths is everywhere! Regardless of the age or ability of your child there are opportunities for them to practice their maths.
If your child is learning to count - count things. You may count the
number of steps in a staircase, the number of toys on the floor, the
number of cars driving past, or anything else you can think of. The more
your child counts, the better they will get.
If your child is learning to add - add things. This could be easy
things such as the number of knives on the table plus the number of
forks on the table, or more difficult things such as the cost of items
at the supermarket. Don't forget to subtract as well.
Ask your child what they are doing in maths at school and try to use
it in everyday life. If they are learning about fractions, ask them
about fractions "What fraction of people in our family are children?"
"What fraction of the milk is left?". This will not only give them
practice, but also show them that maths relates to the 'real' world.
Some great contexts for maths are:
- Money - counting and calculating. Pocket money, banking, shopping...
- Measuring things - lengths, areas, volumes, cooking ingredients...
- Travelling - reading numbers on signs for young children, calculating distances and speeds for older children.
- Games - Monopoly, Bingo, board games, cards...
You can download this document from NZMaths in Māori, Cook Island Māori, Niuean, Samoan and Tongan – Click this link.
Click on this link for activities that will support your child's learning in Number Sequence, Place Value or Number Facts. As your child or thier teacher to tell you what stage they are learning or practising.
Click here for a link to the Summerland Numeracy Wiki. Here you will find information from our parent evenings, strategy stages, activities and card games and links to online activities that will help your child's learning.
Please feel free to check with your child's teacher or the Maths Team if you have any questions - Glenys Holt and Blair Giles.