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31 07, 2014

Teaching Kids to Work Hard

By |July 31st, 2014|Educational Philosophy, Inspiration, Mathematical Confidence, Stories|0 Comments

Working hard and applying effort is not something that kids usually encounter when they are young, nor is it something that most children develop naturally as the need arises. Of all the life skills that a child can develop, applying consistent and significant effort to achieve a goal is something that is valuable to learn from an early age. In fact, it is something that I spend a lot of time teaching my younger students in Year 7 and Year 8 to develop and establish by making them accountable for their class work and homework each day.
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27 07, 2014

Fun With Numbers

By |July 27th, 2014|Activities, Lower Primary, Middle School, Preschool, Primary, Secondary|0 Comments

My students absolutely love this game and there is so much great maths learning involved. It is something  so easy to recreate and play at home with the whole family. All you need is a 10-sided dice with numbers 0-9 (I am sure there’s an app if you don’t have one, or use this website and the little random number generator in the top right of the screen), paper and a pen. This game will improve their number skills, especially their understanding and appreciation for place value.

Let’s Play
On the paper make this grid.

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Three […]

17 07, 2014

Le Tour – Cycling and Maths

By |July 17th, 2014|Activities, Lower Primary, Middle School, Primary, Secondary|0 Comments

Those who know me know that my interest and knowledge about sport is almost nil. So the fact that I’m writing a second post involving sport, when I just wrote one last week about soccer, amazes even me! But that’s just the thing about maths education – it’s so important to engage kids through what interests them, even if it doesn’t interest you.
My husband is a cyclist, and by that I mean the full deal – fancy bike, lycra, everything. So lately my evenings have been spent watching other men in lycra cycling through some of the most beautiful […]

9 07, 2014

Dinner Time Maths – Game Show Dilemma

By |July 9th, 2014|Activities, Dinner Time Maths, Lower Primary, Middle School, Primary, Secondary|0 Comments

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.
The Game Show Dilemma
A game show host offers you the choice of three doors and the chance to win an amazing prize which is hidden behind one of the three doors. Behind the other two doors is a booby prize. Once you’ve selected your door the game show host opens one of the other […]

1 07, 2014

Soccer World Cup Maths

By |July 1st, 2014|Activities, Homework Help, Middle School, Middle School, Primary, Primary, Secondary, Secondary|0 Comments

It can often be challenging to get young active kids to sit and practise their maths skills when they’d much rather be running around outside to play. With the World Cup currently attracting young and old alike to soccer, why not capitalise on this and have your children interact with some soccer games that also help them consolidate some important maths skills?

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Mental calculation skills are an important building block for all future progress in maths. This game lets kids choose what to work on, choose an international soccer team to play for and to play […]

29 06, 2014

Maths Play: Making 10

By |June 29th, 2014|Activities, Babies, Lower Primary, Middle School, Preschool, Toddlers|0 Comments

Understanding and being able to quickly recognise which pairs of numbers group together to make 10 is an extremely useful numeracy skill for children to have. It assists greatly with quick skills in addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as laying some great building blocks for problem solving skills. If you can easily recognise that 7 add 3 gives you 10, then even adding numbers like 67 add 4 becomes easier because you are able to recognise that 67 needs 3 more to reach 70, and you have one extra so the answer is 71. Having a ten digit […]

14 06, 2014

How To Get Your Child To Do Their Homework

By |June 14th, 2014|Educational Philosophy, Homework Help, Inspiration, Lower Primary, Mathematical Confidence, Middle School, Primary, Secondary|0 Comments

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 […]

5 06, 2014

Dinner Time Maths – Equivalent Fractions With Bread

By |June 5th, 2014|Activities, Dinner Time Maths, Lower Primary, Middle School, Preschool, Primary, Secondary, Toddlers|0 Comments

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.

I was reviewing equivalent fractions recently with a Year 7 girl. She understood the steps, realising that if she multiplies the numerator by a number she must then do the same to the denominator. She knew that the same goes for division as well. It was when I drew her a diagram and showed […]

30 05, 2014

Maths Activities with Lego

By |May 30th, 2014|Activities, Lower Primary, Middle School, Preschool, Primary, Secondary, Uncategorized|0 Comments

On the back of the popular Lego movie, kids are more interested than ever in playing with their Lego and creating their own Master Builder masterpieces!
Why not make the most of this and slip in a few maths activities for your kids to engage with while they’re open and receptive to using Lego in new ways?
After a little bit of searching around on the web, I’ve found some truly amazing, interesting and engaging activities that you’ll love. The best thing is that they don’t really require anything other than Lego and some input from you. Some of these activities […]

24 05, 2014
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    How to Approach Your Child’s Teacher Without Being Confrontational

How to Approach Your Child’s Teacher Without Being Confrontational

By |May 24th, 2014|Educational Philosophy, Inspiration, Mathematical Confidence, Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recently a parent of a Year 12 boy asked me for advice on how best to approach her son’s teacher to inquire about the low course average. She was unsure as to how to do this without putting the teacher offside. Parents definitely have a right to inquire about how things are going in the classroom and request more information about things like course averages and student results, but there are definitely some key do’s and don’ts, which if adhered to, can help you get the information that you need without creating an uncomfortable, confrontational situation. Here are some tips […]