Math instruction is a lot different these days than it was when today’s parents were in school. Research on how children learn mathematics has led to instructional practices that emphasize not just procedural fluency but also conceptual understanding, reasoning and communication skills, and productive dispositions. While the math work that students bring home may look unfamiliar to parents, it is grounded in the same mathematical principles that have always been the foundation of elementary mathematics. Therefore, your child’s math work may offer you opportunities to look at math in new ways and deepen your own understandings of mathematical concepts.
The resources below may be helpful to parents as they navigate today’s world of mathematical teaching and learning.
The YouCubed Parent Resource Page contains a wealth of information about how parents can support the mathematical lives of their children. Articles citing the latest research on math education include: Parents’ Beliefs about Math Change Their Children’s Achievement