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Video 1: Everyday numeracy


Support your child's numeracy skill development at home by:



Narrator: Look at the calendar together and talk about dates and special events.

Count the days until a special event.

Mother: Dad's birthday is on the 15th.

Can you see 15th on the calendar?

Very good.


Mother: Today is the 9th.

How many days until the party?

Child: Seven.

Mother: Seven days to the party.


Narrator: When you're cooking, allow your child to set the kitchen timer.

Mother: Fifteen minutes, darling.


Mother: Do you remember how long it took to make the cake yesterday?

Child: Thirty minutes.


Narrator: Measure and compare the height of family members.

Child: Daddy's taller than you, Mummy.

Mother: Yes, he is.


Mother: Which one do you think is heavier?

Narrator: Or let your child test the weight of cans of food in their hands.

Child: This one, Mummy.

Narrator: Which one is heavier?

Mother: Let's see if you're right. You're right! This one is 300 grams and this one is 220 grams.


Narrator: Play stacking games.

Mother: Those don't stack.

Narrator: Your child can see that some shapes won't stack up and some will.

Mother: Why do those stack?

Child: Because they're blocks.

Mother: You're right.

Each of these blocks has a flat base and the shape of the base is square.


Narrator: Shapes are everywhere around the home.

Mother: Dad's ties have lots of shapes in them, don't they?

Child: Yes, rectangles, squares, diamonds, circles.

Mother: Yes, and some of the shapes make patterns.


Mother: Oh, look! You've got a pattern on your sleeve.

Child: Oh, yeah.

Narrator: It's fun to have a pattern hunt.

Child: Light blue, light blue, light blue, dark blue. Light blue ...

Narrator: Look for repeated shapes and colours in ordinary household objects.

Child: Red, white. Red, white. Red, white.


Narrator: Sorting and counting objects, such as toys, is the first way to learn about the concept of grouping.


Child: One, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five, six.


Narrator: Or you could use other household objects.

Mother: Let's sort the pegs into colours.

Child: One, three.


Mother: Which is the biggest pile?

Child: The blue one.

Mother: Why?

Child: Because it has seven in it.


Mother: How many?

Child: Ten.

Narrator: Practise counting skills by playing board games.


Narrator: It's fun to help your child with their numeracy skills.

And you don't even have to leave home.

Mother: No, no. And then up the ladder. Up the ladder, all the way. Wheee, yeah!