Some tips on how to assist your child develop a positive attitude towards Numeracy!
- Praise your child's efforts in Maths
- Recognize when your child uses Maths in everyday life situations
- Be positive about leaning maths
- Let you child know that everyone can learn maths
- Talk about real world examples of maths. Point out ways that people use maths every day (e.g. in the kitchen, in the grocery store, on the highway, on television)
- make maths fun
Games provide an enjoyable context for the practice of new Numeracy skills!
- Spend time with your child playing games and doing activities that encourage better attitudes and stronger mathematical skills
- Games provide opportunities for building self-concept and developing positive attitudes toward maths, through reducing the fear of failure and error
- Games can allow children to operate at different levels of thinking and to learn from others
- Board and card games can be used to reinforce basic facts and number recognition
When was the last time you played one of the following games?
monopoly, battleship, uno, mastermind, dice games, dominoes, yahtzee, chess, checkers, sudoku, twister, card games ???
Try this card game...Make 10
- Require- a pack of cards 1-10
- One player deals out ten cards and places them face up in a row
- The first player looks across the row of cards for combinations that add up to 10(any number of cards is fine). Only one combination can be removed.
- The aim of the game is to collect as many cards as possible, so combinations that require more cards are favoured
- Once a combination of cards has been removed, the cards are replaced with new ones from the pack
- Play continues until there are no more cards or combinations to 10. The winner is the player with the most cards.
- VARIATION= choose a different target number for the combinations
Over the years, we have often heard and used the 3P strategy when hearing our children read. We have been encouraged to PAUSE, PROMPT & PRAISE our children to assist them to become independent problem solvers when reading.
Pause to provide time for the child to think
Prompt to assist the child to take independent action to problem solve
Praise the child for their effort and success
This strategy can be applied effectively across the board to any learning situation. We need to ask appropriate questions to assist our children to become independent mathematicians who are problem solving and thinking about their thinking.
As parents, you could ask probing questions rather than providing answers. You may like to ask questions like...
- What do you know?
- What do you need to know?
- What do you need to find out?
- What can you try to do to solve this problem?
- How can you show your working out?
- Do you think your plan is working?
- Is there anything else that you need to do?
- Do you think your answer makes sense?
- Is there any other way to solve this problem?
A few more tips...
- Encourage your child to use materials, numbers, diagrams and/or write down his/her ideas while exploring a problem
- Encourage your child to talk about the maths activity while solving a problem
- Questioning can provide a prompt for your child and provide him/her with a starting point for exploring an idea or justifying their thinking
- Writing and talking about a question/activity helps your child to clarify ideas and think about the next steps. By doing this, you as parents are given clues about when to start helping or when to extend your child's thinking
- Remember, you know your child best, so monitor the length of the pause; you don't want to end up with a frustrated and unhappy child
- When something gets tricky, have a break and go back to the task when your child is refreshed or willing to try again
- PRAISE all efforts -we are stiriving to develop confidence in Numeracy!
Hope these tips provide some guidance for you while working with your child. Try to remain positive and provide an enjoyable experience each time you work with your child 🙂