Primary School parent support

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 office@mav.vic.edu.au

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 at home - top 5 tips

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.

Maths is all around you

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."

7 WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP THEIR KIDS WITH MATHS

Helping your kids learn maths at home doesn't have to be daunting

Artcile in The Age, May 2020. Read more here.

Read Article

 

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. Parent Resources - Primary

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.

https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/?fbclid=IwAR0c95-jtdoVJcIDsP2O2rEBfMZdzW5QvM1Aqix6s8vETI8BfZdKVrHzj3o

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.

https://www.lovemaths.me/games

Numeracy at home, Department of Education and Training

Information, advice and activities for families to help their child's numeracy learning at home.

http://numeracyguidedet.global2.vic.edu.au/numeracy-at-home/

Finding the Maths, Australian Maths Sceince Institue (AMSI)

Tips to support your child to engage with Mathematics 

https://calculate.org.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2017/11/finding-the-maths-tips-for-parents.pdf

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.

https://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/programs/numeracy/lets-count

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.

 

One Minute, Somin Anh

One Minute, read by Ellen Corovic

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

The Doorbell Rang, read by Megan Blake

One Odd Day by Doris Fisher, Dani Sneed, and Karen Lee

One Odd Day, read by Kate Smith

Heads or Tails, by Tracy Muir and PJ Reece

Heads or Tails, read by Kate Smith

Picture books

Apps

 

Made By Maths

The Explore your world walk on the Made By Maths app can be conducted in any build environment. It draws upon features such as fences, door knobs and grates.

Infinite Voyager

Infinite Voyage

Infinite Voyage takes place on a spaceship that is searching for suitable places where humankind can relocate. To keep the spaceship running, there are a variety of challenges to complete.

Geoboard

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

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.

   

 

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