Strategies to support mathematical learning

Strategies to support mathematical learning

These strategies involve whānau playing fun mathematical games that support mathematical learning.

Who is it for?

New entrants and primary/intermediate age group learners.

How can it help?

Playing fun mathematical games is one of the most powerful and positive ways in which families can support mathematical learning. They provide a rich bank of informal and intuitive understanding of rational number concepts and procedures.

How does it work?

Interaction with a supportive adult involves:

  • exploration of mathematics ideas through a range of imaginative and real-world familiar contexts e.g. games; both planned and spontaneous
  • incorporating the child’s ideas about number concepts and using the child’s informal language in the adult questions and conversation to extend the child’s mathematical thinking
  • repetition of the familiar context to explore the child’s ideas further.

Learn more about how games can support mathematical learning

Case 19: Use fun games to build mathematical knowledge and confidence in young learner - from BES Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics / Pāngarau (by Glenda Anthony and Margaret Walshaw). This case study demonstrates how parents/whānau can support tamariki to develop deeper understanding of fractions by playing informal language games.

Based on the research of Kieren, T (1988) AND Sharp, J., Garofalo, J. and Adams, B. (2002).

This link Maths our house games - NZ maths website is a good starting point for games you can play at home to support mathematics learning.