Mathematics

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.

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.

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!

Linking Technology to Math

Calculators and computers were invented to save time and allow us to solve challenging problems with greater ease. These tools are so good at this that they’ve become essential for doing mathematics at home and in the workplace.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.