Monthly Archives: December 2013

Summer Statistics – Water Conservation

As the summer holidays approach we always need new ideas and activities to keep the kids interested and also engaged. So how about a Summer Statistics project? This will give your kids a chance to collect some data, read some meters, create some graphs and charts while also providing them with an awareness of energy and water conservation.
In today’s post, we take a look at water conservation.
Throughout the summer we’ll all be urged to conserve as much water as possible. Your local water corporation will have targets for households to meet and you can discuss these ideas with your […]

The 12 Days of Christmas

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well known song and poem that counts the 12 days from Christmas Day through to the day of the Epiphany (6th January). In the song, on each day, more and more gifts are received, and what do you know, there’s some important and significant maths going on there!
In case you don’t know the words, here’s a video with lyrics.

So let’s take a look at the maths and let’s see how you can explore this activity with your kids.

First, Second and Third Day of Christmas
So on the first day of Christmas you get […]

Dinner Time Maths – How Have You Used Maths Today?

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and a great opportunity to engage with your children. The idea of Dinner Time Maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.

Help your children appreciate the importance of maths in their everyday life.
Ask your children how they used maths in their day today. Start by telling them how you used maths in your day. Perhaps you had to calculate the GST on an account, maybe you checked the amount of change you were given at […]

Summer Statistics – Energy Consumption

As the summer holidays approach we always need new ideas and activities to keep the kids interested and also engaged. So how about a Summer Statistics project? This will give your kids a chance to collect some data, read some meters, create some graphs and charts while also providing them with an awareness of energy and water conservation.
We’re often urged to be mindful of our electricity consumption during the summer months and to avoid using a lot of electricity during peak times or cranking the air conditioner. You might like to get your kids involved with monitoring electricity usage […]

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    Dinner Time Maths – Lollies Lollies I love to eat – Skip Counting by 3

Dinner Time Maths – Lollies Lollies I love to eat – Skip Counting by 3

Here is a fun poem to share with your children over the dinner table. It’s a bit silly but a lot of fun. It teaches skip counting by 3’s. Try come up with a poem of your own over dinner to skip count by twos, threes, fours or fives. This could be quite a laugh at the dinner table. Thinking of rhyming words and coming up with a poem as a family is not only great fun but it is also excellent for your children’s cognitive and language development. Throw in the skip counting as the theme for your […]

What you can REALLY do for your child’s education

In the last week the education news in Australia has either been about backflips and frontflips about funding, or it has been about Australian results steadily declining in international PISA testing.
It all makes us feel a bit helpless. As individual parents and teachers, there is little we can do to influence funding decisions or to ensure that future PISA results improve.
As with everything in life, there is only ever one person you can change, and that person is you. Changing your own attitudes, beliefs and actions will very likely have an effect on those around you and you will […]

Dinner Time Maths – Add a Riddle to the Menu

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and the perfect time to engage with your children. The idea of dinner time maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.
This evening try a maths riddle or two at the dinner table. Here are a couple of riddles (and the answers) for you to try.

Riddle 1: The ages of a father and his son add up to 66. The father’s age is the son’s age in reverse. How old could they be?
 
Riddle 2: What […]

Summer Statistics – Daily Temperature

As the summer holidays approach we always need new ideas and activities to keep the kids interested and also engaged. So how about a Summer Statistics project? This will give your kids a chance to collect some data, read some meters, create some graphs and charts while also providing them with an awareness of energy and water conservation.

Temperature Chart
A simple activity to begin with is measuring the temperature throughout the day. We recommend you buy yourself two outdoor thermometers and put one in the shade and one in mostly full sun. You can purchase them cheaply at Bunnings. Then […]