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Involving whanau and community!

Started by Vanitha Govini 07 Nov 2013 2:14pm () Replies (4)

Kia ora everyone,

A school in South Auckland is in the process of planning for home school partnership with a specific focus on Mathematics. Feedback from parents' survey indicated that the parents wanted to know how they can support their children in Mathematics learning. They preferred some practical ideas or tools that could help them.

We are planning to work collaboratively with the parents by providing them with different contexts like shopping /cooking / trips and encouraging them to brainstorm Maths concepts. It will be great to acknowledge what the parents bring to the conversations and then add our ideas.

Have you got any other ideas / tools that have been trialled in your schools?


  • Vanitha Govini (View all users posts) 11 Nov 2013 7:36am ()

    Thanks Sarah and Catriona for your valuable ideas. 

    Here is a pamphlet from Pinterest which provides some practical ideas for parents to involve their children in Mathematics at home.


    Have you got any more ideas / resources / e-tools to support our parents?

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2013 8:26pm ()

    Kia ora Sarah and Vanitha,

    Like Sarah I have made and sent home with the students, zip lock bags contatining simple card games and maths activities that can be practiced at home.

    I found loads of games that can be played with simple equipment, cards, dice or dominos. I would focus on one peice of equipment at a time and send home several activites using that one type of equipment. (yay for $2 shops)

    The Paul Swan books are excellent. There is a whole series of them with heaps of games based around one thing e.g. dice, dominos, cards.

    Once we had a class blog I would bookmark sites on the blog that students could access at home for maths practice. 

    And finally I used the blog to share new learning so the parents could see and learn along with us.

    Some suggestions - I am sure there are lots more out there too!

  • Sarah Parker (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2013 6:19pm ()

    I contacted one of my families from school as the student [yr 5] in my class was new and also struggling with maths.  I taught the family a game of make 10 memory, taking the kings/queens/jacks and 10s out of the pack of cards.  When you turn up an 8 and a 2 to make 10, you get those cards.  We all played, the preschooler, another sibling in year 3, mum, my student and I.  I have told the student in my class that there are heaps more versions of the same game [make it to 20 using multiple cards - 5,6,9] when they have mastered this one.  Easy, cheap and includes the whole whanau.

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