At Back to School Night, we talked a little bit about the "why" and the research behind the shifts in math instruction. Here are some links to expert Jo Boaler speaking on these concepts.

Mathematical Mindsets

Links to helpful videos / research about math:

Here are some of the foundational math concepts that will be taught in the first two months of the school year:

  • Identifying numbers within 100
  • Writing numbers to 100
  • One-to-one counting of objects
  • Skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's
  • Counting forward and backward to 20 at least
  • Adding doubles (3+3=6)
  • Adding and subtracting within 20
  • Solving story problems using pictures, words, and numbers

If your child is needs support with some of these skills, please continue to practice them at home, as they are the basis for most of our math learning in 1st grade.  We will build on these skills to develop deep number sense and the ability to explain our mathematical thinking.


Interesting Math Information for Parents:
Our principal, Dr. Jenny Brown shared some information about math homework in her blog.  When you have a moment, please click on the link below and look this over... Great information!

                             Helping Your Child With Math

Last year our staff did a Book Study on a book called Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler.  This is such an interesting book and helps to describe what is important when teaching math.  I thought I'd share a few things that parents might find interesting:  

Jo Boaler talks about the importance of having a "growth mindset"  - the belief that one can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere.  When people have this growth mindset, they may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills.  In contrast, in a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They may learn less than they could or learn at a slower rate, while also shying away from challenges.  

There is a great website called YouCubed where Jo Boaler describes her theories and provides many activities and resourses for teachers, parents, and students.  Here are a couple of videos or articles I thought you might be interested in.  I encourage you to take a look!  

I often get asked about why schools teach math so differently than we learned math.  Our addition and subtraction unit begins to form the basis for understanding numbers at a deeper level... having good number sense.  When we have good number sense we can take numbers apart and put them back together in new ways to solve problems.  Jo Boaler helps explain it here: 
What is Number Sense?
A 3 minute illustration of the concept of number sense by Professor Jo Boaler, 

Parents' Beliefs About Math Change Their Children's Achievement: