Everyday Mathematics for Parents

Everyday Mathematics for Parents

What You Need to Know to Help your Child Succeed

Book - 2017
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Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through grade 6 mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, used by about 4.3 million students in 220,000 classrooms. The goal of the program is develop children’s understandings and skills in ways that produce life-long mathematical thinkers. It is steeped in real-life examples, problem solving, and lots of computation. But in spite of its many successes in schools, the program has generated a generation of parents who feel ill equipped to help their children. The innovation that drives EM is also its downfall on the homefront?parents who weren’t trained in the EM way, which are most, struggle to understand how to help with problem solving, and how to reinforce teachings such a long division, etc.

This book is just the portable tutor these parents need. Steeped in the EM program, and written by its finest authors, it is designed as an ideal solution for those who haven’t been adequately trained. It will be a mathematical life saver for many, especially those who want to help their students realize goals of mathematical competence and confidence.

The Everyday Mathematics (EM) program was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) and is now used in more than 185,000 classrooms by almost three million students. Its research-based learning delivers the kinds of results that all school districts aspire to. Yet despite that tremendous success, EM often leaves parents perplexed. Learning is accomplished not through rote memorization, but by actually engaging in real-life math tasks. The curriculum isn’t linear, but rather spirals back and forth, weaving concepts in and out of lessons that build overall understanding and long-term retention. It’s no wonder that many parents have difficulty navigating this innovative mathematical and pedagogic terrain.

Now help is here. Inspired by UCSMP’s firsthand experiences with parents and teachers, Everyday Mathematics for Parents will equip parents with an understanding of EM and enable them to help their children with homework—the heart of the great parental adventure of ensuring that children become mathematically proficient.

Featuring accessible explanations of the research-based philosophy and design of the program, and insights into the strengths of EM, this little book provides the big-picture information that parents need. Clear descriptions of how and why this approach is different are paired with illustrative tables that underscore the unique attributes of EM. Detailed guidance for assisting students with homework includes explanations of the key EM concepts that underlie each assignment. Resources for helping students practice math more at home also provide an understanding of the long-term utility of EM. Easy to use, yet jam-packed with knowledge and helpful tips, Everyday Mathematics for Parents will become a pocket mentor to parents and teachers new to EM who are ready to step up and help children succeed. With this book in hand, you’ll finally understand that while this may not be the way that you learned math, it’s actually much better.

Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
ISBN: (e-book)
022649375X (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226493756 (cloth ; alk. paper)
022626548X (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780226265483 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 372.70973 EVE
Characteristics: 217 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: University of Chicago


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