Many people find maths daunting, so here are some resources to help you help your child become numerate.

NZ Maths – Numeracy Development Project

This is how numeracy is taught in our public schools. The aim is for children to learn their basic facts by rote, and learn a variety of strategies to solve different types of maths problems. Accurate estimation is also an important goal. It is not a curriculum as such, instead it describes the different levels of development, and provides activities and resources to teach number knowledge and maths strategies.

Obtain the books – they are free.

Get the material masters  – free printable maths resources to go use for the books’ activities. These are best laminated or printed/glued onto card. You can also buy the materials used from educational suppliers such as Every Educaid.

This Teacher Tools website has many videos teaching the various strategies from the Numeracy Project.

Essays by Peter Hughes of the Numeracy Development Project

Given to teaching students at Auckland University so may not be available elsewhere. Worthwhile reading.

The Basic Facts Domain

Place Value Domain

Fractions Domain

Decimal Number Place Value 


The Metric System and System Internationale

Extra for experts – Skemp, R. (1976)

Relational and Instrumental Understanding

Life of Fred

A number of our group members enjoy using these humorous maths text books. You can read about them here. First few books are now available at Auckland Libraries!

Other maths curricula commonly used by NZ home schoolers

Many families choose to follow a set curriculum, such as:


Saxon Maths

Singapore Math

Math Websites

I’ve found this Math Is Fun website very useful, particularly their Math Trainer.

Lots of lessons and practice here at Kahn Academy.

Many free printable worksheets here at Math In English.


An anonymous example exemption.

This guide is available to purchase – have not read it so can’t vouch for it.

Free guide by Cynthia Hancox – very thorough

Action Verbs for Learning Objectives – The MoE likes teachers to be specific when they write their plans and learning intentions, and the same goes for us home educators. For example, instead of saying your child will “learn about” photosynthesis, it is better to say he/she will be able to describe the process of photosynthesis, name what is needed for photosynthesis to occur, sketch a diagram, and so on. Here is a list of action verbs that may provide inspiration for when you write your exemption. Of course you cannot possibly cover every single thing your child will ever learn, however, using specific language for what you do write about will show that you know what you are doing!

Computer Science

Scratch – invented by MIT – is an excellent, engaging way for kids (and adults) to learn to program – and it’s free!

Using programming logic is addictive here at Lightbot – scroll down and hit the red Web button for the free levels. has activities for younger students.

Teenagers – learn to code in Python here at Codecademy.