Lower Primary

‘SHAPE’ I Spy

‘I spy with my little eye, a rectangle’
‘Is it the TV?’ ‘Is it a place-mat?’ ‘Is it the family photo?’

 
There are stages of development when it comes to how children think of shapes. Initially babies will perceive shapes but be unable to identify and distinguish between many shapes. Their copied drawings of different shapes, like a circle, square or triangle all resemble a similar irregular curve. Then children begin to recognise shapes based on their appearance. They can visually identify shapes and will say things like,  “That’s a rectangle because it looks like the TV.”
At the descriptive level a […]

Financial Literacy – A Story from a Reader

From a recent discussion on our Facebook page we have an absolutely brilliant concept on teaching financial literacy, responsibility and independence shared with us by one of our readers.
Our reader, Evana, describes how her and her husband started teaching their 4 year old about money. She was keen to teach her toddler a sense of value and responsibility when it comes to money. She wanted to help him appreciate what he has and to recognise the importance of giving to others.
After coming across this blog, Evana and her husband Greg decided to try the three pots method in their […]

Walk the Plank

This is a fun game that you can play with your toddler or young child where they have the opportunity to experience maths concepts. They may not recognise or fully understand the ‘maths’ behind the game at first but this hands on experience can help your child to build an understanding of integers (negative and positive whole numbers, including zero) and how to add and subtract integers. This is a concept that many high school students find very abstract and difficult to understand.
 
Equipment needed:
Coin
Sidewalk chalk
Dice

The Game:
This game can be played by either imagining the scenario or by using sidewalk […]

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    A Conversation About Arithmetic Overheard in the Supermarket

A Conversation About Arithmetic Overheard in the Supermarket

Let me tell you a story about an inspiring mother that I met in the supermarket recently. My husband and I were doing our weekly grocery shopping when a mother and her two young daughters, aged around 7 and 9, came down the same grocery aisle.
This mother was shopping her grocery list  and at the same time she was in turn asking each daughter an arithmetic question.

“What’s 4 x 3?” she asked one daughter.
“12” the daughter answered immediately.
“Good. And what else could give an answer of 12?” she asked the other daughter, who also answered quickly and correctly.

I observed […]

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    Make Your Own Odometer: a crafty way to introduce place value and addition

Make Your Own Odometer: a crafty way to introduce place value and addition

Do you have a child who loves cars? This might be just the activity to get their motors running!
In this activity your children will have a car race, but not of the traditional kind. Let them use their creativity in creating a car for themselves out of an empty box. They can decorate it as much as they like. Once that’s done, it will be time to help them create the odometer for their car.
The aim of the game is to see who can reach a 100 clicks of the odometer […]