Today at the parent workshop, we talked about the different strands that are important in Maths education. These are:
- Conceptual understanding – understanding what multiplication is, rather than just knowing your times tables
- Procedural fluency – being fluent with use of algorithms
- Strategic competence – having strategies to solve problems
- Adaptive reasoning – being able to explain you thinking
- Productive disposition – seeing real world applications
Further, we discussed different ways to practice each of these strands. Parents came up with a variety of activities that you can do at home with your children. Some of these are provided below:
- Managing pocket money – learning how to spend appropriately, save, and keep track of expenses, sorting and counting change
- Cooking / using recipes – this can be to practice measuring, to estimate, or to shrink/enlarge recipes
- Keeping a notebook for a problem a day
- Dividing up treats between siblings. How many are there? Is there a remainder? How many does Mama get? Or do you divide the last cookie into fractions ?!
- Playing various board games that involve strategy or counting money
- Reading the luku meter
- Books: counting and sorting books, number of pages, time taken to read a book
- Look in refrigerator to see what is left, how many there are.
- Stick it – place the timetable all over the house
- Swimming: count strokes and laps, take your pulse, take seconds or minutes off your time
- Time: look at how long it takes to complete a task, talk about starting time and finishing time
- Mic colors to practice ratios
Thank you to the parents who attended the workshop! You had a lot of great questions and comments that will influence new workshops.