Lower Primary

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.

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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. […]

How To Get Your Child To Do Their Homework

I think about homework nearly everyday. I think about my own homework (which currently consists of marking and report writing). I check whether my students are completing their homework (and far too often they are not). My husband expresses his frustration about his students not completing their homework. And these sorts of useful articles find their way into one of my news feeds (note sarcasm alert – the article is not at all useful in my opinion!)
We’ve discussed before why we think homework is important, especially when it comes to maths. Perhaps in an ideal world, kids could go […]

Back to School Brain Training Games

In a week’s time you’ll be sending your kids off to school to start a new school year, and getting your kids to warm up their mathematical brain beforehand will help you, them and their teacher!
As a teacher, the first few days after the holidays (even the short holidays) are always a struggle for students. It’s like waking a bear after a long period of hibernation! Students are weary-eyed and their brains are foggy as they try to remember what learning is all about and how to get their brain into gear. A few activities on the day or […]

Helping Your Child wth Mental Maths Strategies – Part 3

This video is the third in our next Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at our first strategy for multiplication. We will show you how to teach your child how to multiply numbers ending in zeros in their head. There are more strategies on multiplication to come!

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out […]

Helping Your Child with Mental Maths Strategies – Part 2

This video is the second in our next Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at how to teach your child to subtract two digit numbers using a mental strategy rather than a written strategy.

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out verbally together with your child.

3. Without using any paper, ask your child to […]

Flip Homework in Your House – Have Your Kids Teach You

As a teacher, it’s always easy to see which students have mastered a concept ahead of others – they are the ones teaching their peers how to understand and answer a problem. They are often quite animated and excited, and rightly so, because they are proud that they have understood a concept and can help others understand it too. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of mastering some knowledge and having the opportunity to help someone else understand it too, and all during the same lesson.
It was this feeling that really sparked my interest in becoming a Mathematics teacher. […]

Helping Your Child with Mental Maths Strategies – Part 1

This video is the first in our next Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at how to teach your child to add two digit numbers using a mental strategy rather than a written strategy.

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out verbally together with your child.

3. Without using any paper, ask your child to […]