Here are some fun ways to sneak some math into everyday life. To help your child enhance their reasoning and communication skills, use prompts when they give an answer:
How do you know?
Supermarket maths. Counting, estimating, and making change are good exercises. What can we get for $10.00? Will you count the change for me, please? Let me know when we’ve reached fifteen items, please. Sports maths. Endless possibilities from reading scores, solving margins, working out the value X number of goals , reading times, distances, player profiles (weights, height,etc) Menu maths. What’s the most expensive meal on the menu? What’s the least expensive? We have $20.00 to spend – what can we get? Kitchen maths. Practice fractions by using recipes or reading cookbooks. Measuring ingredients is a perfect math lesson. Don’t tell them, though. Map maths. What’s the distance from home to our destination? How long will it take us if we travel the speed limit? What’s the most direct route? On-the-road maths. Numbers are all around roads if you look for them. Add or subtract license plate numbers, speed limits, or route numbers. Keep track of time travelled or how long you’ve been reading aloud to encourage learning how to tell time. Money maths. Teach about making change. Count change in a piggy bank. How many ways can I make 45 cents? Open a small savings account and watch the amount rise with deposits and interest. Reading and writing maths. Read books about math and mathematicians. (A good website is Math Mama’s blog post on a “Dozen Delectable Math Books,” which gives recommendations for ages 2-adult.) Calendar maths. Count down the days to special events like birthdays, holidays, vacations and appointments. Game maths. Use cards, dominoes or dice (“math cubes”) to reinforce counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division skills. Play Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, and other games that encourage counting. Together, do the Sudoku puzzles in the paper.
The Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that students:
develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts
acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for further study in the discipline
appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy.
The curriculum is organised by the three strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Scope & Sequence
The curriculum sets out what students are expected to learn and is designed as a continuum of learning. The curriculum is being presented in a scope and sequence chart to support teachers to easily see the progression and assist in planning teaching and learning programs to meet the diverse needs of students.
The attached file is there for the times you may need some clarification on Mathematical terms or concepts. The glossary and its definitions of Mathematical terms are accompanied by illustrations and labelled diagrams. They are sourced from the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. (VACC)