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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

Houghton Mifflin Mathematics

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

From the Forum Internet Math Library:

Pathways to School Improvement - North Central Regional Educational
Laboratory (NCREL)

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

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

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
Making Home and School Connections with Math Homework in a Bag

McRel: Hot Topics: Family/Community Involvement

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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