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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2018
Numeracy @Home In the Kitchen: • Cook with your child. Recipes encourage your child to think about measuring and size • Thread fruit onto skewers to create patterns • Have a calendar for your child to mark off the days and count numbers In the Car: • Choose one colour of car to count on the way home • Get your child to spot numbers all around them as you drive along • Spot shapes on signs Packing Away Toys: • Count blocks as they place them back in the box • Sort toys according to colours In the Grocery Store: • Spot the numbers in how much items cost • Ask questions – Can you get me five oranges please? In the Backyard: • Find 10 different leaves and sort them in size • Count as you jump on the trampoline • Observe the sun and the moon and where they are in the sky SCHOLARHSIP Educators and parents working together Classrooms are all around us, around the home, in the car or at the shops. The Rockhampton Grammar School Early Learning Centre, working in par tnership with their Kindergarten and Pre- Kindergarten families, is helping parents and children discover different ways to help learn more about numeracy at home by hosting numeracy nights at the Centre (the ELC). ELC Kindergarten teacher Mrs Natalie Bain said ELC educators recognise that families are the children’s first and most influential teachers. The numeracy nights introduced Let ’s Count, an early mathematics programme designed by The Smith Family to assist parents and other family members help their young children aged bet ween 3 and 5 years play to investigate and learn mathematical concepts. Mrs Bain said Let ’s Count relies on the parents, and other family members, providing fun, positive mathematical opportunities within their everyday lives. “The learning experiences children have in their early childhood years are central to their health, development and wellbeing,’’ Mrs Bain said. Mrs Bain said this is also about early childhood educators working in partnership with children and their families. “This is what motivated us to come up with a Family Fun Numeracy Night where the parents The Rockhampton Grammar School Beef Week Breakfast Tuesday8May,7am-8.30am at The RGS Rowing Club (Harman Street) • Tickets: $30 each or $200 for a Table of 8 Celebrate the contributions women are making to our rural landscape and the differences they’re making in the lives of others. Contact Rachael McDonald at RGS on 07 4936 0776 or 0402 441 660 or firstname.lastname@example.org J o y Mc Cly montEd wi naRobe r t s on Shannon Landmark Lucinda Corrigan Be ryl N e ils e n www.rgs.qld.edu.au/breakfast News bring along their child to learn about ways to implement mathematics into their everyday and in most cases busy lives,’’ Mrs Bain said. “ We developed a fun list of 50 easy to do activities that involve mathematics and had examples of these activities set up on the two parent nights we hosted.” Over 60 families attended the t wo sessions. “ We simplified the Prep Curriculum for the parents to demonstrate the concepts that the children will participate in throughout their Prep year.” Mrs Bain said play has an important role in mathematics learning as children investigate their environments and at tempt to solve challenges and problems that occur in their everyday lives. The RGS Early Learning Centre’s Madison Johnson and mum Tanya Johnson.
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