Welcome to the

Elementary Math Zone

Philosophy

We believe that engaging, meaningful, and authentic math homework is a bridge between school and home. Students thrive when provided developmentally appropriate math experiences that reinforce learning. Through a partnership with school and family, students will develop lifelong habits of mind; such as taking initiative, persevering through tasks, collaborating with others, and developing an overall positive attitude towards problem solving. We value and appreciate the balance of school work, home life, and extra-curricular activity. Together we can celebrate your child’s challenges and successes to foster a love of lifelong learning and develop a growth mindset (scroll down for information about growth mindset).

What to Expect

  • Throughout the school week children will be provided opportunities to exercise their brains by engaging in an assigned game or activity from this website.
  • Teachers will provide children who do not have access to this website at home with printable versions of games/activities or time during the school day to play online games.
  • Children will have an opportunity to share their math experiences at home with teachers and peers.
  • Beyond the assigned games and activities, children are encouraged to explore and utilize resources on this website that challenge them to further their growth as a learner.

Growth Mindset

What is it?

We used to think that our intelligence was fixed - meaning we were either smart or we weren't. Scientists have proven again and again that simply is not true. Our brain acts like a muscle - the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) our brain becomes. And the more we believe this, the more likely we are to improve and succeed in all areas, including math.

Fixed v. Growth Mindset - Where do you fall with math?

A person with a fixed mindset may do these things:

  • avoid challenges
  • give up easily
  • ignore feedback
  • become threatened by other peopleś success
  • try hard to appear as smart or capable as possible

A person with a growth mindset may do these things:

  • embrace challenges
  • give their best effort
  • learn from feedback
  • become inspired by other people's successes
  • believe their intelligence can change if they work hard