One of the very best things that parents can do to help develop their child’s mathematical interest is to provide mathematical experiences using materials. Playing, measuring, talking with your child about their discoveries and ideas are the basis of mathematical ideas being formed. Play with building blocks, interlocking cubes, or kits for making objects is fantastically helpful in the development of spatial reasoning. Jigsaw puzzles, rubic cubes and anything that involves moving objects around, fitting objects together or rotating objects are beneficial. Noticing number all around us, on letterboxes, signs etc offers an opportunity to pose mathematical questions. When exploring mathematical ideas with your child, it is always good to ask lots of questions. Children who take risks to answer questions need great encouragement. The focus is not on getting every answer correct but rather talking about their ideas, so that the child can reason their way through problems. When you are working with your child on maths it is important to be as enthusiastic as possible. Mathematical conversations should be relaxed and free from pressure. Make your interactions with your child as much fun as possible as attitudes towards maths are so quickly sensed by young children. Have fun learning with your child playing with numbers to develop their number sense.
Janet McCarroll, Deputy Principal