Lower Primary

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 […]

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 […]

Go Exploring With Google Maps

When I was 8 years old, my grandfather would pick me up and drive me to my piano lesson each week. This was my special time with him and I deeply cherish the conversations we shared and the opportunity to have some treasured one-on-one time together.
While we would sit waiting in the car for my piano teacher to be ready for me, Grandpa took the opportunity to teach me to read a map. He thought it was a very important skill to have and thought it was silly that people thought women couldn’t read maps. So we’d sit there […]

Dinner Time Maths – Discount Sign FAILS

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.

Tonight’s dinner time maths discussion revolves around discount sign FAILS.

Start by showing your children this picture.   Ask them what is wrong with the sign and ask them if they can figure out what it should say. This one is just to get them warmed up. This next discount sign fail will allow for a […]

A Random Approach to Allocating Weekly Chores

An interesting and mathematical way to organise the weekly chores roster in your household can be as easy as rolling two dice or selecting one card from a pack. Depending on your approach, you can teach your children, and maybe even your partner, a lesson in probability at the same time!
Let’s say you have the following eleven household chores:

put the bin out and bring it in

vacuum

pack the lunches

feed the cat

clean the shower

clean the toilet

hang the washing out

dust surfaces

water the pot plants

rake up the leaves

empty the kitty litter tray.

Write each chore on a strip of card and allocate each chore […]

Patterning – The Foundation Blocks Of Algebraic Thinking

Patterns serve as the foundation blocks of algebraic thinking. Through patterns and sequences children learn predictive reasoning and logic, which forms the cornerstones of Algebra.
Patterns exist naturally around us in everyday life and add a symmetry, beauty and comfort to the world around us. The simplest pattern that babies learn from an early age is day, night, day, night. When babies learn and understand that this pattern exists, they have a sense of security as they can predict what comes next.
We can start teaching our babies patterning from very early on and build on the complexity as the child […]

Exploring Symmetry

Symmetry might be a small part of geometry but it is a vitally important concept which links maths to the real word. Symmetry can be easily seen in everyday life. It exists all around us, in nature, in art, in our homes and in the mirror. Children naturally seek the balance and order of symmetry in everything around them.

Exploring symmetry/reflections (and thus transformations) enables the mind to recognise the complexities of shapes from many different orientations, with reflections being one of the easier of the two. IQ and aptitude tests always have spatial questions because brains that can reflect […]

5 Important Ways To “Speak Maths” With Your Children

Sometimes we don’t realise it but maths is a language in itself. New mums are always keen to expand their baby’s vocabulary; to teach them lots of words and to help them learn to speak and understand English. Stacey Keyser, an experienced speech pathologist says, “Language development begins from birth and needs to be modeled everyday by parents and caregivers.”
Teaching your baby the words and language associated with mathematics is the easiest way to incorporate maths into your baby’s life from an early age. Here are my top 5 essential ways to “speak maths” with your children.
Keyser suggests that […]