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Parent's involvement in their children's math education

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: May 12, 1999 at 18:13:25
Subject: Re: Parent's involvement in their children's math education

Here are a few websites that might contain ideas to get you started. Education Place: Parents' Place http://www.eduplace.com/parents/ Houghton Mifflin Mathematics http://www.eduplace.com/parents/mhm/index.html Note: This guide was developed for parents of children using the Houghton Mifflin Mathematics program. However, almost all of the information presented can be used by any parent exploring mathematics with their child. Math Solutions Online: Marilyn Burns' Web site http://www.mathsolutions.com/ From the Forum Internet Math Library: Pathways to School Improvement - North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/pathwayg.htm A Web site that addresses school improvement issues about students, educators, content, methods, and the environment. Practical, action-oriented summaries of best practice and research, descriptions of schools that have successfully addressed issues, and collections of materials to support change. Major sections: Assessment; At-Risk; Early Childhood; Governance; Instruction; Integrated Services; Leadership; Learning; Math; Parent and Family Involvement; Preservice Education; Professional Development; Safe and Drug-Free; School-to-Work; Science; and Technology. From the Forum Internet Math Library: Solve It: Problem Solving Program http://www.udel.edu/educ/solveit/ A middle grades mathematics problem-solving program. Students entering grades 4-8 can work on interesting and challenging problems by responding to materials sent to them through the school year. The program provides an opportunity for students to sharpen their problem-solving strategies, learn about new concepts, and review ideas covered in their school's mathematics curriculum. The program encourages involvement from family, teachers and friends. Upon registration, sample problems and materials packets with worksheets will be sent to students. NCTM San Diego Sessions on Parental Involvement http://mathforum.org/mathed/nctm96/family/index.html This is a selection of presentations from the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA. Mathematics at the Primary School Level http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~mathed/t/rc/bags/mathbag.htm Making Home and School Connections with Math Homework in a Bag McRel: Hot Topics: Family/Community Involvement http://www.mcrel.org/resources/links/family.asp Has your school ever had a Family Math and Science Learning Night? It is like an open house, with centers set up to introduce families to some of the tools and manipulatives we use in the elementary classroom. At our night last fall, we had a center for using a balance to find the mass of different fruits, one to blow bubbles, and then measure the diameter and circumference, one to play with geoboards, a hands-on algebra demonstration, a tangram center, a pattern blocks/fractions center and many more. It was a great way to help parents see how different their children's experience is from the one they had as elementary learners. -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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