2. Helping your Child’s Learning; Mostly Maths (for 2nd Class going into 3rd)

Tirando Los Dados. / Rolling The Dice.
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Dear Parent,


A number of parents have asked for more details

than was contained in the end of year report

about how parents can help their child’s learning over the Summer.


I have already posted some suggestions about reading

Suggestions for Children’s Reading Over The Summer


This post relates to Maths.

There will be a third post about using higher order questions

to develop your child’s learning.

 illustrated math problem
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The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

have several short videos for parents

about working on maths with your child.

Short Videos from National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)


They appear to be still compiling resources for 3rd/4th class

For Parents of 3rd/4th Classes – National Council for Curriculum and Assessment


This post relates specifically to

students in 2nd Class going into 3rd.

It is a long post and you will find

the contents will help you

over the next school year.


In many reports I wrote that;

‘3rd+4th Class is the window of opportunity

for learning multiplication+division tables.

They are easier to learn than

the addition/subtraction tables from this year

because of the number patterns apparent in them.

Prioritizing these tables next year will

give your child a very useful life skill.

Tables are gymnastics for the brain.

Knowing them well is confidence building

and allows your child to concentrate on methodology’.


Multiplication is introduced as repeated addition.

Towards the end of 2nd class, we did this in class.


You may find the following websites helpful.

The two introductory videos here are useful;

Teach the Times Tables on Multiplication.com


This is a useful follow up game;

Carl’s Cookie Capers from Multiplication.com


The Balloon Popping Game from the School Hub

with which your child is very familiar will also be helpful.


Other online games that practice multiplication can be found here;

Multiplication Games from ICT Games.com


It may be that your child finds it hard to learn by rote.

So you may find this site useful;

Strategies for Learning Multiplication Facts from Olc.spsd.sk.ca


This  game also provides some gymnastics for the brain;



Problem Solving is a skill that all students would benefit from practising.

I suggest an inexpensive purchase  Mad 4 Maths – 3rd Class

To start with your child could do a few of these with you

perhaps using the 3-step strategy highlighted below.

Once they master these steps they can continue on, independently.


How can you help your child with problem solving in Maths?

Problem Solving:

The following strategies are useful in relation to problem solving
• Discussing the problem
• Rephrasing to make the meaning clearer
• Using concrete materials where possible
• Using smaller numbers
• Setting out problem on paper using diagrams, drawings etc.
• Estimating


Some teachers use the mnemonic  RUDE 

to remind the children of problem solving strategies.

So the children are encouraged to 


Underline key words, 


Estimate (Answer).

This is the simplest approach.

‘Drawing’ the problem can be very effective.

It gives the child time to think and process the information.


Another approach is

We LUV 2 C word stories!


Underline (the key word), 


Calculate and 



In tandem with these approaches you could ask your child:


1. What do I have? (what info is given?)


2. What do I want to have at the end? (What am I being asked to do?)


3. How do I get there? (add/subtract/multiply/divide or a combination)


The additional website may be useful for some.


It teaches a visual strategy for problem solving:


Problem Solving with Thinking Blocks


Penrose Triangle
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 I have checked out all these websites,

but please supervise your child online.

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