Preschool

Back to School – Collection of the Best Expert Advice

Heading back to school for the start of a new school year can be stressful on the whole family. We’ve compiled four of the best articles offering advice to parents on how to ease the transition. All four articles agree that starting the day with a good breakfast and being organised to eliminate any extra morning stress are important steps to getting out the door on the right foot.
 
Back to School Preparation Tips – Huffingtonpost

Dr Gail Gross talks about how children “take their cue from their parents”. It is important that parents themselves don’t create a big fuss and […]

Dinner Time Maths – Popcorn Challenge

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.
Tonight’s conversation comes to us via figurethis.org. A great place to find some fun family maths challenges. All you need is a bowl of yummy popcorn and a couple pieces of A4 paper. You can make two cylinders (or tubes) using two separate A4 pieces of paper. Roll one into a short cylinder and […]

Add This To Your Shopping List

Doing your weekly shopping can be a great opportunity for incidental learning and fun. A lot can be achieved through simple conversations and interactions. Here is an activity that encourages your child to help you with the shopping, all the while learning a set of invaluable skills.
Start by choosing a way in which you’d like your child to categorise the items in your trolley. Next decide on two to four categories into which they can sort your shopping.
Depending on your child’s age your groups can be as simple as hard versus soft or separating into big, medium and small […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]