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Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Parents Count Too

Parents Count Too DVD slickParents Count Too DVD describes how young children develop early mathematical skills and introduces some of the teaching activities used in Count Me In Too. Aligned with these classroom experiences is a range of simple, practical ideas on how parents can support their children in developing early number skills at home.

Available from:
K-12 Curriculum Directorate, Phone 9886 7531
Price: $26.40 (inclusive of GST)

Parents Count Too Pamphlets

Effective partnerships in numeracy education develop from good communication. A range of pamphlets has been developed outlining activities that can be used at home to support mathematics learning at school. These pamphlets on "Helping your child with..." are available in files that can be downloaded in 22 community languages. As well as English, the languages available are Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Macedonian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Tongan, Turkish and Vietnamese.  
  

About the pamphlets
This series of pamphlets provides practical ideas to support children's mathematical thinking. The pamphlets provide guidance for lower primary students. While the ideas presented in the pamphlets are in-line with the curriculum being taught in primary schools, they are also based around everyday events such as cooking, gardening or reading with your child or even on family outings, such as on a visit to the beach.

Brief descriptions of how children learn mathematical ideas have been included in each pamphlet. Knowing how mathematical knowledge develops can help in recognising situations where children's thinking could be encouraged.

Talking with your children and listening to their ideas can help them in becoming confident and enthusiastic users of mathematics.

  Helping your child with counting
Helping your child with counting
describes how children learn to count and use numbers. 
 
  Helping your child with arithmetic 
Helping your child with arithmetic-addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, outlines how children use numbers and counting to share equally (divide), to group equally (multiply) and to add and subtract. 
 
  Helping your child with shapes and objects
Helping your child with shapes and objects describes how children learn about spatial ideas. 
 
  Helping your child with measuring length and area
Helping your child with measuring length and area describes how children learn about measurement through initially exploring and comparing objects before using formal measurements (such as centimetres and square metres) to compare length and area. 
 
  Helping your child with measuring volume and mass
Helping your child with measuring volume and mass describes how children learn about measurement through initially exploring and comparing objects before using formal measurements such as kilograms and grams. 
 
  Helping your child with measuring temperature and time 
Helping your child with measuring temperature and time outlines the role language plays in learning about time and how children learn about temperature by comparing the hotness or coldness of two or more things. 

 Helping your child with mental calculations
Helping your child with mental calculations describes how to foster the development of using mental strategies to solve a problem. Most calculations that we carry out each day, we do in our heads and these are often not the same as when we write down a sum to work out the answer.

 Helping your child with patterns and algebra
Helping your child with patterns and algebra outlines activities to help children to recognise, make, describe and continue repeating patterns. They will learn to find missing numbers in a pattern and determine the rule when describing a pattern.

 Helping your child with representing and interpreting graphs and tables
Helping your child with representing and interpreting graphs and tables describes activities to promote children's understandings when interpreting and examining graphs and tables.

Folder icon  More mathematical activities to do at home
A collection of simple mathematical activities and games to enhance childrens' numeracy skills.

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