Mathematics today emphasizes reasoning
along with accuracy.
Mathematics philosophy in the Woodbridge School District builds on the belief that children begin school with mathematical intuition and with the ability to think mathematically. School provides a mathematical environment into which come ideas from the broader world and from children’s own experiences. Children’s relationships with mathematics outside of school are shaped by their experiences with mathematics in school. Through their experiences at Beecher Road School, children will develop an understanding of the world as a mathematical environment.
- Children’s experiences in school will promote a positive disposition toward mathematics.
- Children’s math programs will recognize and build upon the intuition and awareness with which they begin school.
- Children’s math programs will encompass a broad range of math content.
- Children will gain math confidence by being encouraged to become mathematically self-aware.
- Children will have opportunities and will be encouraged to construct their own mathematical understandings.
- Children will investigate and discuss situations for which there are multiple strategies and/or multiple solutions.
- Children will be engaged in their work. They will question, explore, conjecture, reason, and explain individually and in groups.
- Children will use math tools.
Encourage your children to think of themselves as mathematicians. Acknowledge your own enthusiasm for mathematics.
Don’t let your children convince themselves that they are unable to do math. Confidence is critical to their success in mathematics.
If your children don’t know their math facts, please work with them regularly at home, in the car, or at other appropriate times to memorize these facts. They provide the foundation for work in mathematics.
Remember that mathematics instruction is different now than in the past. At first, the language and approach may be new to you. There’s no need to assist if you aren’t familiar with what is being asked. Instead, encourage your children to formulate questions that they can bring to the teacher.
While shopping, you can ask questions like, “If one box of cereal costs $3.00, how much money would two boxes cost?”
While driving, you could say, “We’re at exit 24 and we need to go to exit 29. How many exits to go?”
At home, you can discuss fractions when you are cooking by looking at the marks on a measuring cup.
You can reinforce time concepts by asking your child to tell you when the clock reads a certain time.
As you become more comfortable using math language and engaging your children in mathematical discussions, you will find these kinds of conversations are easy to do and can be fun as well.