Michael Ymer - Maths for Parents



#4 Maths Principle – Talk

Encourage your son or daughter to talk.  Talking about mathematics is an effective way of learning and the family is one of the best places to talk, especially when a mathematical situation arises naturally.


#4 Suggested Activities – Capacity

Children learn to compare containers by their capacities.  Sometimes children think that a tall skinny glass holds more than a short fat one.  Playing with containers and water helps.  Children can use water or rice to compare the capacity of containers.  

To support their learning, you can:

  • Talk about the size of containers, of items such as washing detergent or milk in everyday conversations.  
  • Describe objects in terms of their capacity such as, “Can you get the 2 litre bottle of milk from the fridge”. 


Have Fun with Mathematics

Janine Hough