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Other titles in the Dover Books on Mathematics series:
Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even If You Don't (Dover Books on Mathematics)by Patricia Clark Kenschaft
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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.
Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, this resource is packed with useful information and instruction. Features proven teaching techniques, games, and more. Suitable for parents of children from preschool to age 10. 2006 edition.
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.
Any child can overcome the disadvantages of mediocre math teaching in school and parental math anxiety at home. Math Power offers easy-to-follow and concrete strategies for teaching math concepts. These lively techniques — including games, questions, conversations, and specific math activities — are suitable for children from preschool to age 10.
Author Patricia Clark Kenschaft maintains that rote learning and standardized testing weaken children's natural love of learning, and she shows how parents can effectively supplement students' math education. Her critically acclaimed guide is particularly valuable to homeschoolers, offering all parents the tools they need to help children achieve academic and real-world success.
"Should be required reading for all parents of elementary schoolchildren." — Max A. Sobel, former President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
"I hope many parents will read this valuable book. It shows how parents can set positive switches in their kids that will help them enjoy mathematics both in school and out." — Henry Pollack, former President, Mathematical Association of America
Patricia Clark Kenschaft is professor emerita of mathematics at Montclair State University, where she was a professor of mathematics for thirty-two years. The mother of two grown children, Pat Kenschaft has taught mathematics to hundreds of elementary school children. She is the author or coauthor of five college mathematics textbooks, as well as the author of more than eighty published articles and the book Change Is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics.
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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