Maths for Grandparents
Leader: - Joan Miller
Venue: - Leader’s home
Availability: - Full
Day and time: - Two Wednesday Mornings each month from 10.30 am - 12.30.
Maths has changed and many parents and grandparents now find it difficult to help even primary age children with their homework. The idea is to work through a book together. “Maths for Mums and Dads“ by Mike Askew and worksheets from Scholastic's National Curriculum Maths Practice books for years 1-6.
Maths experience is not necessary as we will work through the book together. Homework will not be compulsory, but may help you get ahead of your grandchildren. Due to the nature of the course, you will get more out of it if you are able to come to most of the sessions. As we work together, around a table, I will keep the group small.
In the first group it took us more than a year to go through the syllabus, from number and place value, through shapes, to using calculators. We found that schools have gone back to teaching tables, but use arrays and partitioning to help children understand what multiplication is about. We used some games and tricks along the way and found time for a cup of tea and a chat.
Contact Joan through the carrier pigeon on this page, or sign up at the monthly meeting.
A magic maths trick to try on your grandchildren
Prepare 5 plain cards, first use a black pen to write the numbers 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 one on each card, then turn them over an use a red pen to write 1 on the back of the 0 card, 3 on the back of the 2 card etc. to 9 on the 8 card. Spread the cards black number side up on a table. Turn your back and hide your eyes, then ask a child to turn as many cards over as they like. When they are ready, ask how many red numbers are showing. Add this number to 20 and tell the child that you can tell them the total of all the numbers showing on the cards. They will be amazed that you get it correct every time. (The secret is that the red numbers are always one more than the number on the reverse of the card)