Children need lots of experiences in making, counting, drawing, talking about numbers and exploring mathematics concepts. Make connections for your child by explaining how numbers and counting are a part of everyday life. You may feel that the maths your child is doing at school is different from how you were taught, but you will still be able to support your child in many ways. Talk with your child’s teacher to help build the right vocabulary to support your child in Maths. Below are a few examples of activities you could do to support your child at home:
- Play I Spy or other games to identify shapes, numbers and patterns.
- Dice are a great addition to any toy collection. Roll the dice and say, make or write the numbers identified. Roll the dice and add the numbers together to find the total.
- Play number games online with your child.
- Try this website: http://www.abc.net.au/countusin
- Recognising and making patterns are important maths skills for exploring numbers, shapes and symmetry.
- Identify and explain visual patterns on clothing, wrapping paper, crockery, cards and furniture.
- Use coloured pegs, blocks, beads or cutlery to begin a pattern for your child to continue. For example, red, blue, white, red, blue, white.
- Encourage your child to draw, create and describe their own patterns. Use them for borders or greeting cards or on material.
- How does your favourite sport tally the score? What maths is presented on the tally?
- How do other sports tally the score, for example, tennis, golf, cricket, netball, football?
- What maths do you use to find the total of the scores?
- Are there other ways to record the score?
- How long do your favourite sport games go for in minutes and seconds?
- Are they divided into halves, quarters or something else?
- What are the shapes of different playing fields and courts? Talk about edges and angles.
- How can you estimate the perimeter and area of a playing field?
Visit the website http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/ or look at the weather maps in the newspaper.
- What is the difference between the minimum and maximum temperature for each day?
- Find a seven-day forecast then record the actual temperature for each day and compare. Was the forecast accurate? What were the similarities and differences?
- Use the information on the weather website to explore differences in weather from your area to others. How much rain do you get compared to others? Are there differences in temperature?