A Family Channukah Problem

How many candles do we need for our Channukiah on Channuka?

The festival of Channukah is eight days long. For each of the eight days, we light a candle in the Channukiah – one on the first day, two on the second day, three on the third etc. Sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no.  After each night the candles, which were lit on this night, will have burnt out and will need to be replaced on the next night. This adds up to a lot of candles over the eight days of Channukah. We also must not forget the candle […]

Dinner Time Maths – Maths Facts

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.

Here are some fun maths facts to spark interesting conversation over the dinner table.

If you write out pi to two decimal places, backwards it spells “pie”. Next time you serve up some apple pie at dinner, tell your kids this great little tidbit! It may even help them to remember pi to 2 decimal […]

Maths Without Tears – the transition to high school maths

Why do so many kids find the jump from maths in primary school to maths high school so challenging?
Throughout our many years of teaching we often share a very common experience and that is the confusion and frustration felt by families when their child suddenly begins to struggle with maths upon entering high school. Only too often we hear parents who are angry and confused because their child was in an extension class in primary school, or never ever had a problem with maths and now they are struggling to pass their assessments. Now, all over Australia, high school […]

Maths 101 For Parents

Sometimes parents who were not terribly good at maths when they were at school, feel overwhelmed by the thought of helping their children with their maths. So we thought that we would provide you with what we feel are some of the basics for you to brush up on. You’ll be surprised at how much easier things may seem when you look at them with your older, wiser eyes.

Having good number skills is one of the most important foundation blocks that children need to build and a lot of this stems from being confident and accurate when calculating numbers. […]

3 Do’s and Don’ts For Exam Study

With Year 12s in Western Australian about to embark on their final exams as they complete their final stage to achieve university entrance, we thought it would be a good time to share our advice on just how students should and shouldn’t study for maths.
These upcoming exams are worth 50% of their overall ATAR score, and so it’s not too late to tweak a few techniques and emphasise more efficient and worthwhile study habits.
Please pass this article on to anyone you know with kids about to embark on these examinations.


Rewrite Your Notes

Perhaps this is a good strategy for English […]

Fractions in Time

Using some paper/plastic plates and a thick marker or pen, you can help your children to better understand the meaning behind some commonly used terms when we tell the time. Explaining the connection between the fractions of a circle and telling the time might seem obvious to some people, however; these obvious connections are not always made by children and it can help them immensely if we take a few minutes to show them.

Each hour is a whole 60 minutes and one whole circle.

Half of an hour is half of 60 minutes, which is 30 minutes, and we divide […]

Exploring 3D Shapes Using Lego

Recently we wrote about 3-Dimensional drawing. This can be a lot of fun and an excellent way to strengthen spatial skills. Naturally we became very excited when one of our readers shared a picture of her toddler experimenting with 3-Dimensional shapes. We love her idea, it is a brilliant way of introducing the concepts of 3D drawing, discussed in our earlier article, with your toddler.

Stefanie Schwartz has drawn the front view of various shapes for her toddler to replicate using Lego blocks. Once the object has been built using the lego blocks her child is then able to see […]

The Art of Counting Backwards

In my younger, student years I remember excitedly landing a great casual job for new years day. For those youngsters who are happy not to have a big night on New Year’s Eve and happy to work on New Year’s Day, a job at the Perth Cup behind the bar is an awesome way to make some good money. The catch was, I arrived, had a quick orientation, no training and was then thrown behind the bar and the crowd of people screaming to be served was about four rows deep. Then the real clincher was that the tills […]

Fun With Numbers

My students absolutely love this game and there is so much great maths learning involved. It is something  so easy to recreate and play at home with the whole family. All you need is a 10-sided dice with numbers 0-9 (I am sure there’s an app if you don’t have one, or use this website and the little random number generator in the top right of the screen), paper and a pen. This game will improve their number skills, especially their understanding and appreciation for place value.

Let’s Play
On the paper make this grid.


Three […]

Dinner Time Maths – Game Show Dilemma

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.
The Game Show Dilemma
A game show host offers you the choice of three doors and the chance to win an amazing prize which is hidden behind one of the three doors. Behind the other two doors is a booby prize. Once you’ve selected your door the game show host opens one of the other […]