## You want to help your child succeed in math.

### But where do you begin?

## Mathemats

### Help you answer three critical questions:

What is my child learning in math this year?

How can I help my child develop their math skills?

How can I help my child think mathematically?”

## What is my child learning in math this year?

### To answer this question, start by…

**Reviewing the math standards your child needs to learn by the end of the year.** For every grade, from K-8, there are 3-4 big ideas, also called the major work of the grade or “critical areas”, that you should pay particular attention to, since that is where your child’s teacher will spend most of his/her instructional time.

**Identifying the culminating standards** (which is a fancy way of saying the concepts or skills that your child needs to not just learn, but actually master, by the end of the school year). For example, by the end of Grade 2, children should be able to fluently add or subtract within 20.

### How Mathemats can help

#### Yearlong Roadmap

*(Think “summary sheet”)*

A family-friendly summary of every Common Core State Standard for a given grade in math. It highlights the big ideas and defines the key vocabulary using visual examples. The culminating standards are often indicated by the use of the word “fluently” in the standard itself.

## How can I help my child develop their math skills?

### To answer this question, start by…

**Knowing the 3-4 big ideas** in your child’s grade, which will allow you to focus on the most important concepts.

**Getting a sense of the learning progression for each of the big ideas.** In other words, for a given concept or skill, how does a child progress from a novice to a master?

**Using homework, report cards, and assessment results** as indicators of how your child is performing against his/her peers.

### How Mathemats can help

#### Critical Area Mat (aka. Big Idea Mat)

*(Think “key concepts and skill builder”)*

A set of problems that you can do with your child to reinforce the most important concepts and skills.

The mat starts by breaking the big idea down into its parts. For each part, it explains what your child needs to be able to do, and then provides four questions that range from easy to difficult, so that you can begin to see how the learning continuum looks for this big idea.

If you get stuck along the way, we have included “Stuck?” flags to help you get unstuck!

## How can I help my child think mathematically?”

### To answer this question, start by…

**Providing your child with a quiet place to study**

**Reviewing homework assignments**

**Talking with your child about the approach and strategies to succeed in math**

**Learning additional activities that you can do at home** or in your community that reinforce key math concepts.

## How Mathemats can help

### Six-step problem-solving process

*(Think “step-by-step guide”)*

The six steps that experienced problem-solvers use when they work on a problem.

This process can be used as a step-by-step approach to any math problem, but is particularly good for word problems. Inside is a list of 10 strategies that your child can use; mastering even 5-6 of these strategies will enable your child to solve virtually any math problem in their grade.

**Family math nights** may be offered at your child’s school that further equip you with activities and games to do with your child at home.