Helping Your Child Succeed in Math
Math skills are important to a child's success – both at school and in everyday life. Understanding math also builds confidence and opens the door to a range of career options.
An important part of learning math is learning how to solve problems. Children are encouraged to use trial and error to develop their ability to reason and to learn how to go about problem solving. They learn that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and more than one answer. They also learn to express themselves clearly as they explain their solutions.
At school, children learn the concepts and skills identified for each grade in the Ontario mathematics curriculum in five major areas, or strands, of mathematics. The names of the five strands are: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. You will see these strand names on your child's report card.
Check out this very informative document on mathematics teaching and learning. It was created to help parents understand how mathematics is taught in schools today and why, as well as to engage you in your child's mathematical learning. Click on "MATH LEARNING TODAY"
For useful links to guides, information, and interesting sites, click on "TIPS AND IDEAS"
Our Math Counts newsletters provide ideas, activities, games and problems for your family to try at home. Click on "MATH NEWSLETTERS"
It's fun to read about math too! For some suggested children's literature, click on "MATH BOOKS"