Welcome to our Primary School parent support page!
Helping your kids to do maths at home can be a positive experience! Maths is taught and learned differently by kids these days. It is about understanding the reasoning and using strategies to do maths. Focus on thinking and having a go, not about right or wrong!
These page provide information and resources to help you support your children at home, to increase their interest and engagement in maths. If you need something else that may help contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hints and tips for supporting kids at home
Maths at home. Top 5 tips for parents of primary students
Concerned about how you support your children at home with maths? Make it a positive experience.
Maths is all around you. Top 5 tips for parents
Find out more about how you can support your children to explore maths around you at home, and while doing daily activties.
7 WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP THEIR KIDS WITH MATHS: From one meddling, maths-mad mother to another
An article by Danijela Draskovic, MAV Edcuation Consultant:
"Now you don’t need to be ‘good at maths’ yourself to foster mathematical thinking in your children. In fact, you don’t even need to have any of the answers. Parents need to just recognise opportunities for mathematical exploration and need to practice asking good questions. It is up to the child to discover the answers."
Helping your kids learn maths at home doesn't have to be daunting
Artcile in The Age, May 2020. Read more here.
Games, activities and other resources
|Our MAVshop also has a number of other products for parents, including games and puzzle books for students. You can check out the parent catalogue here, and all products can be purchased in our MAVshop.
Ideas and activities
Teaching at Home: Parent Support, Dr Paul Swan
Here you can find free materials organised and bundled against year levels and curriculum. Lots of fabulous ideas and the tasks are ranked indicating the level of parent support required.
Games, Love Maths
A great collection of maths games that are fun and filled with rich learning opportunities. Short and easy to follow videos explain each of the games. Minimal resources required.
Numeracy at home, Department of Education and Training
Information, advice and activities for families to help their child's numeracy learning at home.
Finding the Maths, Australian Maths Sceince Institue (AMSI)
Tips to support your child to engage with Mathematics
Let’s Count Parent Maths Bot, The Smith Family
Children’s education charity, The Smith Family, has launched a new learning tool on Facebook Messenger to help children with their maths skills.
The Let’s Count Parent bot on Facebook Messenger is an interactive platform that uses everyday activities and objects to suggest ways in which parents and carers can support their children’s maths learning. The program, designed for children aged three to five, includes activities like counting steps, ordering fruit by weight and comparing street signs whilst out and about.
The Let’s Count program was launched in 2009 and has helped over 122,000 children across the country with their maths skills. The Smith Family is now hoping thousands more will be reached through the free, accessible, and easy to use Facebook Messenger tool.
Picture books for primary age students
Picture books in maths examine big ideas through imaginative story-telling. They can motivate students by stimulating curiosity and interest in maths. Pictuire books provide opportunities for asking questions, discussing maths, and having fun!
Picture books are available for parents to purchase from our MAVshop, find out more here, where there are links to books relevenat for each year level.
Equal Shmequal, by Virginia Kroll
One Minute, Somin Anh
Read or listen to the story One Minute by Somin Anh
Task 1: Choose some activities that you can do multiple times in one minute, e.g. clapping, reading words, stacking LEGO blocks. Have a go at each of the activities you came up with and work out how many time you could do each of them.
Task 2: What tasks at home take one minute? What tasks take 10 minutes to do? What about one hour, one day, one week or a year. Think of tasks that take these different amount of times.
The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchins
One Odd Day by Doris Fisher, Dani Sneed, and Karen Lee
Heads or Tails, by Tracy Muir and PJ Reece
Geoboard, by The Maths Learning Centre
This virtual version of the manipulative is an open-ended education tool that is available on hand held and desktop devices
The Dance of Geometry
This app contains a number of geometric challenges, for example finding a side length or an area which is part of a composite shape. It is presented as a game, with varying levels of difficulty.