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    Helping Your Child Start Year 7 Maths Successfully – Word Problems

Helping Your Child Start Year 7 Maths Successfully – Word Problems

This year I’m teaching two classes of Year 7s at a school in Perth. After week one I am both pleased at their effort and willingness to work hard and at the good response from parents to do what they can at home to help support their children’s progress.
It’s a tough time for these new high school students. In Western Australia it won’t be until 2015 that Year 7s start high school in the government system, so this makes it even more daunting for private school kids. The Year 7s in my classes have come from a variety of […]

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 […]

Calculations With Percentages – A Few Short Cuts

This is the first video in the series Calculations With Percentages. This video is an introduction to calculating the percentage of a number. Here we demonstrate a few simple short cuts for calculating the percentage of a number.

Helping Your Child With Mental Maths Strategies – Part 4

This video is the next in our Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at how to teach your child to multiply two and three digit numbers by a single digit 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 […]

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 […]

Helping Your Child With Fraction Homework – Part 5

This video is the fifth and final in the Fraction Homework Series and looks at how to divide fractions easily with a fun little poem to help your child remember how it all works.

You might need a refresher in some of the topics that they’re learning at school and we’re here to provide you with some tips and tricks.

We’ll be focusing on topics that we know from our teaching experience are most helpful and most appreciated by parents. Please let us know, either by email or in the comments below, if there’s any homework topic you’d like to help […]

Helping Your Child With Fraction Homework – Part 4

This video is the fourth in the Fraction Homework Series and looks at how to multiply fractions, using an efficient three step approach.

You might need a quick refresher in some of the topics that your children are learning at school to help you feel confident in assisting them at home.

We’ll be focusing on topics that we know from our teaching experience are most helpful and most appreciated by parents. Please let us know, either by email or in the comments below, if there’s any homework topic you’d like to help your child with and we’ll create a video