Connecting Math and Reading

All parents understand the importance of reading, but have you ever combined math and reading at the same time? It’s possible to put math and reading together in a meaningful way and have fun doing it.

1st Grade Math Parenting Tips

This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of 1st grade 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 2nd grade.

Discovering the math in your home

Math is everywhere! It’s in the world that surrounds us, it’s in nature, and it’s in your home, both inside and out. By pointing out the math in everyday life, you can help your young child learn some basic concepts and understand why math is so important.

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.

Preparing for College and Career

You play a role in your children’s college plans! As a parent, you can advise them, encourage them, and support them in this decision. You can make sure they know the benefits of going to college.

One benefit has to do with your child’s future earning potential. It is well known that people who graduate from college usually make more money than those with only a high school education. Beginning salaries can be twice as much for college graduates, so earning a four-year degree can be integral to your child’s financial success in life.

Giving Your Child a Good Start in Math

Young children begin learning math before they take their first step into a kindergarten classroom. When toddlers hold up three fingers and ask for “this many cookies,” they are already doing math and ready to learn more.

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.)  

Taking a Look at High School Math

Mathematics concepts increase in difficulty and complexity when students enter high school. All students should expect to encounter material that is more challenging than what they studied in elementary and middle school. Success in high school math courses is the result of hard work and perseverance.

Making math part of your family's life

Every child and adult needs to know and understand mathematics. It’s part of our everyday life. We all “do math.” We count money, measure things, sort from biggest to smallest, know how many miles it is into town and how long it takes to get there.

Mathematics, part of everyday life

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Algebra Challenge

Algebra is important! It helps us investigate, describe, and understand our world. Algebra is mathematics that allows us to use letters and symbols to generalize relationships and analyze mathematical situations via formulas and equations. For students, algebra is also the gateway to success in college and careers!

Math@Home: Helping Your Children Enjoy Mathematics

We believe that this resource will help parents set up a home environment where Mathematics is valued, appreciated, and encouraged by parents. The California Mathematics Council, the Sonoma County Office of Education, and the California Math Project: North Coast created this resource.

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What educators should teach in Math

The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students.  These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education.

Engaging English Learners in Math

Teachers have discovered a number of techniques to supplement spoken and written math instruction in order to help English learners grasp mathematical concepts.

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.

Building a Math Tool-kit

When 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.

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.

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

Helping With Math Homework

Many parents worry about helping their children with math homework, especially as their children get older and the mathematics becomes more complex. If that’s the case, here’s something you’ll be happy to learn: you don’t have to be a mathematics expert to help with math homework.

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.

Understanding Common Core Math Standards

California has adopted new curriculum and instruction standards called the California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. They represent national agreement on the mathematics that students must understand at each grade level in order to be career- and college-ready when they graduate from high school.

Third Grade Math

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Children's Literature with Math Themes
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When children’s books have math themes, reading becomes an opportunity to enjoy a good story and think about math at the same time. Take the opportunity to explore math concepts while reading together at home! The books listed here artfully combine reading and math. They are appropriate for kindergarten through fourth or fifth-grade readers.


Math Skills Importance

As with reading, math is a subject that children need to begin learning early in life. Having even the basics of math skills will allow your child to solve real-life problems.  With math, children learn to reason and to connect ideas logically.

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