Numeracy @ HomeSupporting your child with math
Numeracy @ Home
This page is designed to help parents of Rocky View students navigate math and numeracy as we enter uncharted territory of learning at home and online.
The RVS Numeracy Team will be updating this page regularly with ideas, tips and activities to go alongside the guidance offered by your child’s teacher.
How do I help my child with Math at home?
A few important things to remember…
- There is not such thing as a math person and everyone can learn math!
- Problem solving, reasoning and being able to communicate mathematically are essential skills
- The ability to work flexibly, efficiently and accurately with numbers should be encouraged over memorization.
- Math is full of beautiful patterns to explore
- If you and your child are most comfortable in a language other than english use it
- Learning takes time and mastery takes practice
- Practice can be fun and be done through games, puzzles and physical activity
- Questions and conversations deepen understanding
- Math is about understanding and not about speed
- Mistakes are learning opportunities
involves more than memorization of facts and procedures – students build fluency by exploring contexts, strategies and representations. Students who are fluent with mathematics are able to work flexibly, efficiently and accurately with numbers. They have a range of strategies and can connect symbolic representations to representations. To help your child build fluency with the number concepts for their grade, it is recommended that you do activities that help your child PLAY with numbers. Below you will find examples of games and activities appropriate for your child’s grade level to help build fluency.
Reasoning is the deep learning that occurs when – through the solving of rich, highly cognitive tasks, rigorous discussion and reflection – students make connections within and between math concepts. Give you child plenty of opportunities to talk about their math and communicate their thinking. Let your child make predictions and test out their ideas when working on challenging math tasks.
The ability to problem solve is the reason we learn math. Problem solving is an intellectual and creative process where students engaged with challenging and non-routine tasks where the path to the solution is not obvious. Children develop perseverance skills through solving problems that are so perplexing that they just have to find a solution. Allow your child time and let them use own strategies and test out their own ideas and strategies. Key problem solving skills to focus on are working systematically, trial and improvement and visualization.
Dr. Jo Boaler offer six easy but important tips for supporting your child at home with math.
A resource for parents by Alberta Education outlining what your child should be working on at their grade level as well as links to resouces
In K-3 the focus of numeracy learning at home should be on developing number concepts. For K-1 students, comparing, ordering and representing numbers helps build place value concepts critical for computation. For grade 2-3 students, building fluency with addition and subtraction facts within 20 sets the foundation for addition and subtraction of 2-digit (grade 2) and 3 digit (grade 3) numbers. Games and puzzles are great ways to support your K-3 child in numeracy at home. It is also important for K-3 students to make connections to math in their everyday life for example through cooking or counting and sorting items.
K-3 Problem Solving
In grades 4-6 the focus of numeracy learning at home should be on strengthening understanding of number concepts. Students in grades 4-6 still need practice with fluency and flexibility with addition and subtraction while the focus of new learning is around multiplication, division and whole-part relationships. Games and puzzles are great ways to support your grade 4-6 child in numeracy at home in addition to the learning assigned by their teacher. Students should also make connections to math in their everyday life such as comparing prices or measuring
4-6 Problem Solving
In grades 7-9 the focus of numeracy learning at home should be on deepening understanding of number relationships as well building fluency with algebra and fractions. Students in grades 7-9 still need practice with multiplication and division fact fluency, and new learning is around the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages as well as ratio, rate and proportional reasoning. In grade 7 students begin to add and subtract integers and fractions and then multiply and divide them in grade 8. In grade 9 students explore rational numbers. Students will also deepen their understanding of patterns, relations and algebra through representing relationships in multiple ways and solving for unknowns. Games and puzzles are great ways to support your grade 7-9 child in numeracy at home in addition to the learning assigned by their teacher.
7-9 Problem Solving
Many Rocky View K-10 teachers are using Mathletics as a platform to support students while schools are closed. Mathletics is the online digital platform for math that is being recommended by the Learning Department as we develop a learning continuity plan for RVS schools.
While a digital tool such as Mathletics does not replace designing intentional learning experiences and wll not be the only math learning opportunity teachers will provide, it will allow teachers to provide students with opportunities to build fluency using a RVS approved tool in the absence of face-to-face learning experiences. Mathletics is aligned to the Alberta Program of Studies, and provides quality activities that are designed to build conceptual understanding using multiple representations, and also provides opportunities to engage students in reasoning and problem solving. For more information or to set up your class contact your child’s teacher.