Try to develop your child’s sense of number, height, width, volume, area, mass/weight and time … find maths everywhere. Involve your child in real life calculating around the home, counting change, adding up bills, measuring, estimating and so on. Encourage older children to take up hobbies that require “hands on” mathematical skills and a sense of spatial relationships – making models, assembling kits, jigsaws. Have a calculator in the house and introduce games that lead to the discovery of some of the fascinating properties of number. Don’t think maths is either a mystery or a text book exercise, it is about solving problems in the real world. So pursue these basic questions – “Am I seizing every opportunity to use maths around the home? Am I calculating wherever the need arises?”
Where can I find mathematical situations?
GAMES Card games, board games
TRAVELLING Guess the colour of the second/third car you pass
Guess the number of white posts, telephone poles, shops you pass between kilometre posts.
Number plates – the first to find two numbers the same, consecutive numbers, largest total, all add up to 17.
Colours – tally the cars with the same colours between certain points, draw colours and see who wins.
Spotto – List 10-2- things your child has to find.
Estimation – How long to travel between towns? Petrol costs? Food Costs?
WALKING Discuss what you see – clouds, shadows, buildings, rocks, trees, plants, animals