Alexander the Great said, "I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well". All of our teachers at Lockhart work hard every day to be sure that our students are ready for the world ahead of them. Math is something we all use every day and our students need to be prepared for the ever changing future that faces them. One of the best ways to be prepared for all the coming advancements in technology, etc. is by having a strong, fundamental understanding about math. Research shows that students who spend more time with manipulatives and learning number sense have a stronger understanding of math classes in middle and high school. At Lockhart, we are spending time training to be sure that we are focusing on a deeper understanding of math in the classroom so that our students are better prepared.
There are lots of things you can do at home to help your student with math. Since your student is reading every night, make up a math story problem based on the story that you just read. For example, if you just read The Three Little Pigs you could say: if the wolf blew down 12 sticks, 5 bricks and 3 pieces of straw how many did he blow down altogether?
Challenge your student to see the math that is all around us! Another way you can help your student get a strong sense of numbers is simply by asking "I wonder?" questions. For example: "I gave the cashier $5 for a $2.78 charge. I wonder how much money I'm going to get back?" or "Here's a cup of pasta that I need to cook. I wonder how many pieces of pasta that is?". Math learning opportunities are everywhere! Time how long it takes to go through the drive-through. See how many odd pages there are in the book they're reading. Count how many cars go through the intersection. Math can be fun; inspire your student to see the fun that math can be.