Tips to support your child’s math development and classroom curriculum at St. Mary Magdalen School
Tips to Support a Primary Student
- Have your child show you patterns they find or ask them to create their own .
- Give your child coins to practice counting money.
- Have your child help you cook and measure ingredients.
- Play counting games in the car, “how many red cars can you count until we get home?”
- Count the steps you take together by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
- Ask your child to identify if a number or an amount of objects is more or less.
- Have your child count items out one by one.
Tips to Support an Intermediate Student
- Have a positive attitude about math.
- Ask your child what they are learning about in math class.
- Do logic puzzles and Sudokus with your child.
- Discuss ways you use math in everyday life.
- Know your child’s classroom homework policies.
- Math facts only become permanent with practice.
- Talk about fractions when eating dinner, “half of our pizza is four pieces, how many would make it a whole.”
Tips for Problem Solving
- Draw a picture
- Trial and error
- Work backwards
- Make a chart
- Look for key words:
Math in the World Around Us
- Involve your child in adding events to the calendar or use a chore calendar in the home.
- Draw attention to time and different clocks. Digital clocks are best to begin to read time, analog clocks are good for telling elapsed time.
- Estimate the total price when going to the grocery store or out to dinner.
- Play board games, card games and puzzles.
Useful Websites and Apps
Telling Time Free