Mathematics is everywhere! In the playground, at the shops, in an airport, at home – Mathematics is all around us. It is noticing numbers, shapes, patterns, size, time and measurement.
For students in the younger grades, helping your child with Mathematics can be as simple as using mathematical language, such as asking your child to get the ‘one litre’ milk carton from the fridge, discussing whether the carton is empty or full, and telling them to put it on the table next to the cereal. Counting is one of the first experiences of Mathematics for young children. They can listen for the counting sequence in songs and rhymes such as 5 Little Ducks, or count how many people on the bus, how many steps it takes from the kitchen to their bedroom, the number of apples you buy at the fruit shop. Talk about which building is the tallest and shortest, ask your child to find ways to balance their weight with a friend on a See-Saw, allow them to create patterns with the coloured pegs when you are hanging out the washing. There are so many ideas to assist your child to develop number sense.