This award-winning guide offers tips on how family members can help their children enjoy mathematics and practical ways to discuss and do math at home together. As a service to parents of school-age children, Illuminations is offering this signature publication from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as a free download.
When parents encourage their children to ask questions and help children explore and discover the natural world, they are helping build an interest in math and science. From math.com, here are some ideas for what you can do to develop your child’s interest in math and science.
This site requires that you register to download information, but you’ll find some useful resources. The Learning First Alliance is a group of national education associations dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. These are excellent guidelines for parents who want to raise math-literate children. Click on the link for “Top Ten Math Tips for Parents” and fill out the form to register.
For parents who are interested in an industry perspective, there is some interesting data on children’s media consumption in this report. It scans and analyzes the children’s interactive media environment with a focus on mass marketed products for children aged three to eleven that promote learning. The report documents key factors influencing the current market environment and offers recommendations to expand educational uses of digital media for industry action.
This USA Today article reports on a Brookings Institution study finding that adding ten minutes of math instruction to an eighth-grader’s day translates into a jump in math skills.