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Everyday Mathematics for Parents: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Succeed

Everyday Mathematics for Parents: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Succeed


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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, EMoften 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226265483
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 613,276
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Why Everyday Mathematics?
Because It Is Based on Proven Principles
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Because Spiraling Builds a Firm Mathematical Foundation
Further Reading
Because of What We Know about How Children Learn
Because of How Key Content Is Taught
Because It Works
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Section 2: Exploring Everyday Mathematics Content
Number Stories: The Foundation for Success with Computation
Further Reading
There’s Nothing “Basic” about Mastering Basic Facts
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Moving On Up . . . Operations with Bigger Numbers
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Algebra in Kindergarten?
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The Trouble with Fractions
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What Happened to Rulers?
Further ReadingSection 3: What to Expect from Everyday Mathematics
Linking Math in School to Math at Home
Using a Calculator Is NOT Cheating
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Fun and Games: Math Is So Much More than (S)Kill and Drill
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What to Expect at Each Grade Level of Everyday Mathematics
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Problem Solving in Everyday Mathematics: How Children Think about Mathematics
Section 4: How Do I Find Out More about Everyday Mathematics?

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