Ideas for everyday maths!
Everyday life is full of opportunities to help your child learn about maths. Here are some simple tips on how your family can have fun together while bringing maths into your daily routines. Your children will thank you for helping them boost their confidence with maths.
Basic tips to remember:
Think out loud when you use numbers, time, position and measurement in your daily life so your child sees how useful maths can be.
“How many biscuits do you think we will be able to make from the mixture?”
“How many forks/knives/spoons do we need for dinner tonight?”
In the car:
When children ask, “Are we there yet?” you can tell them how many minutes or hours it will take and compare this to other activities they are used to… For example, “It will take about the same time it takes us to eat dinner, walk to school, have a bath, etc.”
Play games that involve each person counting and keeping a tally of cars of a different colour.
Look for signs that show distances or speeds.
“Which player has hit the most runs?”
“Who has the highest number on their jumper?”
It’s really important to show a positive approach to using and noticing maths yourself… children really pay attention to this! Remember to always praise your child for trying because this helps to build confidence. Good luck!
If you have been able to share a great activity involving mathematics with your child it would be great to share it with the Learning Community by posting about it on the blog.
Please feel free to speak to any of the classroom teachers about ways to include more mathematics in everyday life. We are happy to help!
The Year 1/2 Teachers