Term 3 1st and 2nd Classes

Term 3 1st and 2nd Classes
Numeracy Tips: May
First Class:
Parents can encourage their children to be aware of patterns in numbers. They can help their children to establish patterns by counting the items in a set, counting in jumps of 2, 5 and 10, etc.
Parents can help children’s learning of addition by showing them the need for it in everyday life. Parents can encourage children to engage in addition sums when shopping. For example, in a toy store children can add up how much it would cost to buy their 2 favourite toys.
Parents can ask children subtraction questions relating to deduction within 99. These can relate to common activities, such as clothes shopping. For example, ‘We had €20 and we spent €16 on a coat. How much do we have left?’
Parents can ask children subtraction questions relating to deduction. These can relate to activities in the home, e.g. ‘I made 9 buns, your sister ate 2. How many are left?’

Second Class:

Parents can be encouraged to present 2-step problems to their children, e.g. ‘Can you go upstairs, bring me down the laundry basket and empty it?’
Parents can encourage their children by pointing out the various sized surfaces of objects and asking them to identify the surfaces independently and estimate and discuss the number of playing cards, stamps, etc. it would take to cover them. Children should also be able to identify which surface is greater and which surface is smaller.