The most effective support that you as parents can give is to be enthusiastic and excited by maths.
There are many fun ways to help children with their number work:
- Rather than giving your child pages of ‘sums’ why not give him/her the challenge of finding as many ways as possible of making a number that you have named.
- Simple counting, e.g. the number of red cars seen, the number of trees passed on the way to school etc.
- Handling money, making specified amounts from a collection of small change, playing shopkeepers, selling toys and giving change.
- The language of measures: heavy, light, tall, short, wide, narrow etc.
- Cooking activities are good opportunities for weighing and timing.
- Telling the time using an ordinary (analogue) clock.
- Playing board games, and games using dice and cards.
Look out for maths workshops which run throughout the year to inform you about how children learn maths. You can download the presentations used in these workshops from the Parent Workshops page.
Maths for Mums and Dads by Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew (2010)
A new website has just been launched by National Numeracy designed to support parents/carers help their children with numeracy at home. It is full of wonderful ideas and activities that can be used around the house. It is still being developed so new materials will be added to it over the coming months: http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk