Finding math in your home

Parents are teachers too! The first five years of a child’s life are a critical time for learning. As a parent or guardian, you are your children’s first and most important teacher and what you do in their early years makes a difference.

Building a math tool-kit

math-clip-art-math-clipartWhen elementary and middle school students work on math, they sometimes need a little help getting organized. Math requires a few basic tools, and it can be frustrating when children are doing math homework and those tools aren’t readily available.

Kindergarten Math Parenting Tips

folderThis guide provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of kindergarten in mathematics. This guide is based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 45 states. If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared for 1st grade.

Tips to Encourage Early Math Literacy at Home


The tips below highlight ways that you can help your child learn early math skills by building on their natural curiosity and having fun together.  (Note:  Most of these tips are designed for older children—ages 2-3.  Younger children can be exposed to stories and songs using repetition, rhymes and numbers.)  

Mathematics, part of everyday life

math-clip-art-math-clip-art-8Mathematics is a subject of controversy because of the widespread prejudice of its difficulty and that is why many think that academically they are not good at it. This idea is the first obstacle to which we are exposed from childhood, and can constitute a true psychological block that

Kindergarten Math


In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas: (1) representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; (2) describing shapes and space. More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.

First Grade Math

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In Grade 1, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20; (2) developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping

Second Grade Math

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In Grade 2, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation; (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction; (3) using standard units of measure; and (4) describing and analyzing shapes.

Third Grade Math

multiplication-clip-art-student thinking about multiplication 17In Grade 3, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions