Parent resources for LS math

Website Overview:
This website is set up for families to access information concerning the Lower School Math program used at SCH Academy.  We use EveryDay Mathematics (EDM) and this website provides detailed information concerning how families can support learning at home.  Within this site there are individual webpages that describe:
  1. specific information about math in each grade
  2. information about First In Math - the on-line fact support program we provide access for all students from 1st grade thru 5th grade
  3. information outlining learning goals for all grades
  4. general information about the EDM program, and resources that go with it
  5. fact practice triangle cards for grades 1 to 4
  6. family math ideas that you can do to support math learning at home
  7. Summer resources for all grades in SCH lower School


Math Resources for Specific Grades
Click the links below to access information for specific grades, or use the navigation on the left side of this page.
First in Math information            Math Learning Goals for each Grade              Links to Math Fact Triangle cards for 1st to 4th grades
        

Glossary of Terms for Everyday Math Program - click link and look down page for folder called EDM program information


Family Math: Ideas and suggestions for "talking math" with Lower School girls at home from SCH Lower School.


General suggestions for ways to support the mathematics learned in the classroom at home.

Create a homework routine.
Familiar routines help work go smoothly at school and at home. With your child, decide on a time and place to do homework, along with a few rules.
A typical routine might go like this:
Arrive home from school, have a snack, clear a space at the table, start math homework.
Create a place for homework supplies.
Always have a sharp pencil and circle problems you need help with.
Once homework is complete, put it in your book bag.

Read Family Letters and Study Links.
These pages describe what your child is learning so that you can offer support. The Family Letters also suggest fun, easy math activities you can do at home. Consider keeping all of these pages in a special folder to refer to later.

Communicate with the teacher.
You are the link between your child and school, and it is your responsibility to share your thoughts and concerns with the teacher. Call or write a note if your child has had trouble with homework, ask questions if you or your child do not understand something, and share good news when you see progress.

Use questions to help.
Although it’s tempting to give children answers when they are confused, they learn more if you help them discover the answers for themselves. Try doing this with questions such as these:

Have you seen problems like this before?
Is there an example anywhere that might help?
What is the problem asking you to do or to find?
What’s one idea you have for finding an answer?
Can you draw a picture of the problem? Can you use objects (like coins, beans, and so on) to show the problem?


Be accepting of mistakes.
Let your child know that every mistake is an opportunity to learn. When your child makes a mistake, ask him or her to explain how he or she arrived at the answer, give praise for the correct steps or thinking, and gently point out where the error occurred. Then have your child try a similar problem (you may have to make one up) to practice the new understanding.

Share real-life math situations.
Think about the ways you use math in your everyday life—at work, at the store, at the bank, in the kitchen, and so on. Invite your child to observe or participate in these activities with you. Encourage your child to think mathematically about common activities, such as folding laundry or taking out the garbage—How many socks are in 12 pairs? About how many pounds does a bag of trash weigh?

Give gifts that encourage mathematical exploration.
Children love special gadgets and tools, as well as games and activities that
challenge their minds. Giving a gift related to math is a good way to reinforce and reward your child’s accomplishments.

  • Here are some ideas: a watch, a timer, an hour glass (egg timer), a calendar, a tape measure, a calculator, pattern blocks, books of brainteasers, three-dimensional building kits, puzzles, maps, and a wide variety of games.