What a busy and fun filled term it has been. I know students and teachers are ready for the holidays! We want children to rest but we want the learning to continue. A great way parents can help students remember what they have learnt and create a seamless return in term 4 is to keep the routines going without feeling the pressure to get homework done and to be on a schedule. Below are some helpful hints for keeping the maths alive over the holidays in fun and easy ways.
Play the licence plate game!
This is an all-time favourite – there are so many variants to play it, your children will never get bored in the car again! This is a great game as you can adapt the game to your child’s maths level.
- While driving, children have to spot on licence plates each number from 0 to any pre-determined number in order (e.g. 0-10 for younger children, 0-999 for older children).
- Children can also find which numbers are odd and which ones are even. As an extension, they can point out which ones are prime.
- Another way to play is for children to try to make up the largest number from a licence plate by rearranging the numbers.
- According to maths level, children can add, subtract, multiply, or divide all numbers in a licence plate.
- For an extra challenge, ask them to use the numbers in a licence plate to make the number 24 by using any combination of the orders of operation.
Making Sense of Time
Making up a schedule for the day which includes the start and end time for each activity. Ask your children to predict how long routine activities will take, such as a walk to the park, a drive to the local shops, etc.
Playing games with the family is a great opportunity to practice maths skills! There are so many different board games that involve maths skills – these are some of my favourites:
- Bingo, Snakes and ladders, Uno, Monopoly, Battleship, Yahtzee, Risk.
- At the end of the day, no matter what board game you play, if you make your child keep track of the score, they will be doing maths.