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Help Your Kids with Math: A Visual Problem Solver for Kids and Parentsby Barry Lewis
Synopses & Reviews
The Everyday Mathematics (EM) program was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) and is in use 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 has often left parents perplexed. Learning is accomplished not through rote memorization, but by actually engaging in real-life math tasks. The curriculum isnt linear, but rather spirals back and forth, weaving concepts in and out of lessons that build overall understanding and long-term retention. Its no wonder that many parents have difficulty navigating this innovative mathematical and pedagogic terrain.
Now help is here. Inspired by UCSMPs first-hand 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 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, youll finally understand that while this may not be the way that you learned math, its actually much better.
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 childrens 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 werent 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 havent 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.
Studying math is often a source of great anxiety for children and teenagers. It also proves troublesome for parents, as many are reminded of their own struggles with the subject and feel lost when trying to tackle it again years later in an effort to aid their offspring. Help Your Kids with Math is designed to reduce the stress of studying math for both children and adults. Using an appealing and uniquely accessible illustrative style, this book will show you what others only tell you, covering everything from basic arithmetic to more challenging subjects such as statistics, geometry, and algebra. Every aspect of math is explained in easily understandable language so that adults and kids can deal with the subject together. Tricky concepts are explored and examined step-by-step, so that even the most math-phobic individual will be able to approach complex problems with confidence. The first in an original new series of study aids that aims to demystify those subjects that seem tricky and incomprehensible, Math Survival provides invaluable guidance and easy explanations for all those desperate kids and parents who need to understand math and put it into practice.
About the Author
Founded in 1983, the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project is the largest university-based mathematics curriculum project in the United States.
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