Ideas for Parents

  • Expectations for Students and Ideas for Parents

    What’s the Shift

    What will students have to do?

    What can parents do to help?



    Build skills across grade levels

    Keep building on learning year after year.

    Be aware of what your child struggled with last year and how that will effect ongoing learning.

    Advocate for your child.

    Ensure that support is given for “gap” skills, such as negative numbers, fractions, etc.

    Learn more about less

    Spend more time on fewer concepts.

    Know that the priority work is for your child at their grade level.


    Use math facts easily

    Go more in-depth on each concept.

    Spend time with your child on priority work.

    Ask your child’s teacher for reports on your child’s progress on priority work.


    Think fast AND solve problems

    Spend time practicing by doing lots of problems on the same idea.

    Push children to know, understand and memorize basic math facts.

    Know all of the fluencies your child should have.

    Prioritize learning the fluencies your child finds most difficult.




    Really know it, really do it

    Make math work, and understand why it does.

    Ask questions and review homework to see whether your child understands why as well as what the answer is.

    Talk about why the math works.

    Advocate for the time your child needs to learn key math skills.

    Prove that they know why and how the math works.

    Provide time for your child to work on math skills at home.

    Use math in the real world

    Apply math in real world situations.

    Ask your child to do the math that comes up in daily life.

    Know which math skills to use for which situation.