Welcome to Our House- Finding the Maths Moments

Maths Moments happen in my house every day! But, I am aware that not everyone sees the maths in everything like I do😊 So I have decided to write a weekly blog sharing one of the Maths Moments Miss 4 and I experience during our week!

I am hoping that through watching our little “maths moments”, you will be encouraged and inspired to make maths a part of your child’s day, everyday.

As parents we are told to read to our child daily… but nobody ever seems to mention maths.🤷‍♀️

Well, that is one thing I am hoping to change. It is my goal to encourage parents across Australia, and the world, to make maths a part of their everyday routine at home. 🙌

Now, let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Dr Ange Rogers. 🎓

I was a Primary School teacher for 8 years in Melbourne, Australia. I LOVED teaching in the classroom and my favourite subject to teach was maths. Now I must admit it is not that COOL to say you LOVE maths– in fact most people look at me like I have a few screws loose when I say I do…but I honestly found it the hardest but most rewarding part of my day as a teacher.🏫

Fast forward 10 years and I have 4 lovely childre(aged 1 to 11 years old) ,and in 2014 I took my love of maths teaching to the next level, by completing a PhD in Maths Education!

After 4 years of PhD research, I now consider myself an EXPERT in how children learn Number, and I take great pleasure in translating the latest maths research into practical, easy ideas for time poor parents. ❤

From birth I have immersed all my children in the world of numbers and maths. Now don’t get me wrong, not in a nutty crazy trying-to-get-my-kids-to-be-maths-professor kind of way… but I love to take the opportunity to discuss maths, point out its beauty and most importantly play games. 🎲

When my daughters started school, I realised that not everyone felt the same as me about maths!🤔

I spoke to many parents who were quite unsure, and even anxious, about how they could help. 😌

I decided that I needed to share my knowledge with other parents, so they too could enjoy maths with their children.

So, this year I have decided to share with anyone who is interested (and I am hoping that’s you!) a weekly blog with a brief (usually less than 2 mins), unscripted, unedited video of my 3 year old and I sharing a ‘maths moment’- everything from collecting leaves to watching Bluey on TV.

I hope these videos will give you a window into my world and give you the confidence, knowledge and inspiration to foster a love of maths with your children.😎

Research tells us that children whose parents are involved in their education perform significantly better in all areas of schooling-this is particularly true with maths…✅

Research also shows how important early mathematics competency is… the earlier we start helping our child in maths the more successful they will be in school. So, in my personal and professional view it’s never too early to start…💪

But that is enough about me for today…Here is the first video I would like to share with you. It is my 3 year old climbing stairs and counting.

From birth, in my house, every time we climb a set of stairs we count… when my children are young it is me doing the counting, but as they get older, they begin to lead the count.

I love counting stairs because it means you can take one step for each number. This reinforces an important counting skill- one to one correspondence.

Competent counters need to understand we only say one number for each item we count. Stairs scaffold this perfectly and allow you and your child to slow down the count..

So, this week… I encourage you to count with your child every time you go up or down a set of stairs

Have a great week and remember for many more practical ways to have “maths fun at home” sign up to our weekly newsletter here.

Dr Ange🎓🎲