Parents Count Too Presentation

Show an interest in your child’s school work
Expect your child to succeed
Share a positive attitude towards mathematics
with your child
Support your child’s interest in mathematics
Talk about mathematics and solving
Be prepared to discuss mathematical ideas
Point out how mathematics is used every day
Ask your child what they have learnt in
Be positive about your child’s efforts and
encourage them to practise skills
Support the school’s mathematics program
The most important thing you can do is to
take the time to discuss mathematical
thinking with your child and show how you
value your child as a learner of mathematics
1. Working Mathematically:
Students who feel confident about Working
Mathematically feel confident about themselves as
learners of mathematics.
Encourage your child’s curiosity about the use of
numbers and measurements in the world around them
eg in the kitchen (measuring, digital timers, sharing,
Listen to their many questions and ask your own
Play games together and discuss how mathematical
ideas can be used to play (in a board game work out
what die you may need to throw to land on / win)
2. Number:
 Count with your child whenever possible. Play
counting games while travelling in the car.
Remember to count forward and backwards
starting from different numbers.
 Look for numbers in your local area (eg house
numbers, prices, speed signs, Roman numerals)
 Number plate game: how many different
numbers can you make from the 3 digits
displayed on car in front of you
 Card games: addition or subtraction snap
3. Patterns and Algebra:
 Use a calculator to count by 1, 2, 3 and so on.
Press +2= then continue to press =, =, =
 Play ‘guess the next number’ or ‘guess my
rule’ games. This involves listing a set of
numbers that form a pattern eg 2, 5, 8, 11, ...
 Talk about the relationship between number
groups eg 2+1 = 3 and 1+2=3
 Play detective: work out the missing number
in a ‘code’ eg 3 + = 8
4. Data:
 Create a graph of your child’s
growth over time.
Use tally marks to score in a game, or count
days to a special event.
Collect data relating to the child eg count up
books that have been read over a month
5. Measurement:
 Collect jars and containers of different sizes and
shapes. Sort them from smallest to largest
capacity then check by filling (great for in the
 Join your child in working out measurements for
cooking, building, craft or sewing
 Read and interpret timetables with
your child eg train, bus, TV guides.
 Encourage your child to estimate
how long it will take to perform a
common task eg minutes or seconds
6. Space and Geometry:
Encourage your child to find shapes and objects
used in their environment eg in buildings, parks,
schools, shops. Why are some shapes and objects
used more than others?
Discuss 3 dimensional objects with your child
using their geometric names eg cone, cylinder,
cube, sphere, rectangular prism. Have a ‘shape
Identify symmetry in the environment. Sort
leaves and flowers on the basis of symmetry.
Find examples of tessellating shapes in the
community eg pavements, buildings.
1. K-6 Mathematics Parent Support Document PDF (40 pages of ideas
and information)
2. TaLe:
3. Curriculum support
(with links to others below)
4. Parents Count Too (downloads for all strands)
5. Count Me In Too:
6. New Australian Curriculum
7. National Literacy and Numeracy Week
Patterns and Algebra
Space and Geometry
The Content Strands are now:
 Number and Algebra
 Measurement and Geometry
 Statistics and Probability
Working Mathematically?
Applying Strategies
Proficiency Strands:
Problem solving
is what is
being taught
being taught
is how it is
Early Stage 1: Kindergarten
Stage 1: Years 1 and 2
Stage 2: Years 3 and 4
Stage 3: Years 5 and 6
K-2: 5 to 8 years
3-6: 8 to 12 years
7-10: 12 to 15 years
11-12: 15 to 18 years
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 History
 Science

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