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Parents learn how to help children understand their math homework Omaha Journal article
YouCubed is a website develope by Jo Boaler to provide resources for parents and teachers. One of Jo's passions is helping students develop a growth mindset.
Parent letter from Jo Boaler on ways to guide students on their mathematical journey.
How to help your child with math from NCTM president Jane Briars
Note to parents about misconceptions about Common Core Math
Summer math activities
Partnering With Parents from NCTM president Linda Gojack
Parent resources from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Understanding Subtraction why understanding is better than memorizing 10 min video
Another way to Subtract

Number Talk with Marilyn Burns 99 + 17 Students find lots of way to solve

Teacher Understanding and Growth Mindset Before Memorization Blog Post

Parent resources for understanding common core
Lenny's Math Apps

Math Night Points

  • Your brain is link a muscle, it gets stronger and more efficient with practice.
  • Parents need to show their children where they use math on a regular basis. Doing math is just as important as reading to your child.
  • Structured struggling is good. We learn from our mistakes.
  • Perfect Practice makes permanent.
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Bedtime Math Making math a fun part of your child's life. Hints for doing math with your child are found here.
Carol S. Dweck—Carol’s concept of a fixed vs growth mind set is a “must utilize” for parents and teachers. http://www.mindsetworks.com/
Another book to consider Generation IY by Tim Elmore

Reflecting on Day at School

  • Brain Tickets Encourage you child to think about "brainy" new thing they learn today in school. When your child comes home have them tell you one thing they learned at school or one challenge that they had during the day. Parents collect the tickets in an envelope. After collecting 5 they return them to school for a sticker on their chart.
  • Ask a Question Many parents typically ask "What did you learn in school today?" or "What was your favorite thing about today (other than recess and lunch)?" This different question was posed by the mother of Nobel laureate Isidor Isaac Rabi: "My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist." Another question might be "What good question did you ask today?"
  • Or as recommended from Carol Dweck from Grow Mindset, "What did you struggle with today?" Remember that hard work and "structured" struggling are good. Student's response should be, "I have not learned how to do that YET?"
  • More questions:
    • I am a genius at ...... because I work hard at .....
    • I wonder about .....
    • I find __ amazing.
    • I am in awe of ..........
    • What did you struggle with today?
    • A good question I asked today was ......
    • What "brainy" thing did you learn today?
  • 25 Ways to ask you child "How was school today?" without asking "How was school today?"

Parent Information

  • Number Talk is strategies to help student practice computation
  • The Nebraska Parental Information and Resource Center has two sample homework policies available.
  • From NCTM, answers to parents when they ask for advice when helping with their child's mathematics schoolwork.
  • 13 Things to Help Your Child Learn Math
  • Bedtime Math Making math a fun part of your child's life. Hints for doing math with your child are found here.
  • Lenny's Apps are found here. Several math apps for your iPad are shown here.
  • Math Picture Books are found at this link. Several of my favorites are listed along with related math ideas.
  • Math anxiety can pass unintentionally from parent/teacher to child
  • New app from PBS, PBS Parents Play and Learn
  • New learning standards adopted in Utah are changing the way students learn math and how parents help their children with homework. School officials say there has been a shift from memorization to reasoning in math education and teachers are seeking deeper understanding of math concepts. Focus on concepts not memorization. Article and video
  • Why have math nights? Parents of kindergartners in a Wyoming elementary school learned more about how games can reinforce math learning during a math-themed parent night. Students preformed a math musical and everyone gathered to play some of the games teachers are using in their classrooms. "It's important that we're instilling a love of math early," teacher Marti Derringer said. "They're only going to be better mathematicians if they think it's fun and exciting and engaging." See the article
  • A response for "I am bad at math" is posted on this blog.

Book for K-2 parents: Adding Math, Subtracting Tension: A Guide to Raising Children Who Can Do Math, Prekindergarten-Grade 2
Book for 3-5 parents: Adding Math, Subtracting Tension: A Guide to Raising Children Who Can Do Math, Grades 3-5
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