Here at maths.life we're not keen on checklists, but they are helpful to start with. So here are 4 starting points.
Get into the habit of spotting mathematics wherever you look.
Find it and point it out to your children. Yes, it's in the kitchen, the adverts on TV, the car, the walk round the supermarket.... opportunities never end.
It's going to be messy - don't worry.
Good, fun, maths work can involve mess. Children are never too old for string, glue, paper, water... building, jumping and running. If they are safe and having fun don't stress.
Don't worry about mistakes.
As strange as it seems, mistakes are good. A mistake is a learning opportunity, so don't fret about it... just talk it through.
We don't mean those "what's 12 x 7?" type questions. Don't worry about those. No, here we're thinking more about the thinking! The "How did you do that?", "How can you be sure?", "Do you think there is another way?" type of question.
We have practical ideas and activities in each 'Summer of Maths' issue.
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