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Information for Pasifika families

Helping your children learn to count and use numbers is something that every parent should do, regardless of their background. This website provides some ideas of activities that you might like to try with your children to help them learn.

You might find other useful information and ideas in the TKI Pasifika community.

Make a maths kit for your family

Collect items that your family can use to practice their maths. Choose a special basket or box to keep your maths kit together. Use some Pasifika fabric or designs to decorate your kit.

For younger children the kit should include sets of items that they can put into groups and count.

  • Shells, seeds, buttons or stones
  • Feathers, small artificial flowers
  • Sets of small toy animals, movie characters, cars or blocks
  • A tape measure

For older children your kit could include

  • Playing cards
  • Plain paper, graph paper, pens, pencils
  • Notebooks for score keeping
  • Counters
  • Dice
  • A ruler or tape measure

Your family maths kit could also include a collection of maths games such as Uno, Connect 4, Battleship, Bingo, Ludo or backgammon and many more. If you make any of the activities from this website – keep the activity in a resealable plastic bag and add it to your family maths kit.

Several of the activities have Pasifika versions that include some ideas and suggestions for Pasifika families. They are indicated by a icon. in the menu.  Teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs), previously known as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), may also find these resources useful.

Make maths fun

Sometimes it will be useful to have a go at the activities on your own first before working with your child. When you are working on any activity with your children remember to wait long enough for a response, give a little hint to help them if they get stuck and give them lots of praise for having a go.

Make use of Pasifika languages

The table below gives the words for the numbers from one to ten in several Pasifika languages. You might like to make a book of numbers using more than one language. For many of the Pasifika versions, you are encouraged to use the languages you speak at home for your maths activities.

  English Cook Islands Māori Fijian Niuean Samoan Tokelauan Tongan
1 one ta'i dua taha tasi tahi taha
2 two rua rua ua lua lua ua
3 three toru tolu tolu tolu tolu tolu
4 four ‘ā va fa fa
5 five rima lima lima lima lima nima
6 six ono ono ono ono ono ono
7 seven ‘itu vitu fitu fitu fitu fitu
8 eight varu walu valu valu valu valu
9 nine iva ciwa hiva iva iva hiva
10 ten nga‘uru tini hogofulu sefulu hefulu hongofulu

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