If you’re struggling to understand your child’s Common Core math homework, you’re not alone: the initiatives have turned what we thought of as the “new math” on its head. It’s frustrating as a parent (and college graduate and former teacher) to need remediation just to keep up. With Common Core, how you get the answer is just as important as the answer itself. The process for getting there is not necessarily intuitive or easy to understand.
The following links are invaluable, providing parents with everything from lesson plans to timed math problems, broken down by grade level and skill. Together, they’ll help provide a solid understanding of the individual skills students are expected to learn, and a means for you to help them do it.
The Basics of Common Core Math
The first set of links includes the math standards themselves and the meanings of the terms you’ll encounter. These links are especially handy tools (I’ve used them when my child doesn’t understand a worksheet or homework assignment) and you’ll find yourself cross-referencing them often.
A Math Dictionary For Kids – Provides a helpful guide to math terms
Common Core State Standards Initiative Math Glossary – Includes terms from K-12 math standards
Math Standards – Sorted by grade or domain, and available as a PDF
Support Materials, Practice Problems, and Reinforcement
With Common Core, getting the correct answer isn’t enough… the thinking process behind it is not only important, but a key element of the Common Core initiative. If you or your child is struggling to understand the concepts behind the lessons, or you need extra practice with specific standards, these resources will help give your Common Core Math know-how a boost.
Council of Great City Schools Guide Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- Mathematics, Grade K-8 and high school
Illuminations (National Council of Teachers of Math) – Refine search bar on the right to “Common Core Math Standards” — results include lessons and “interactives”.
IXL.com – Offers timed online math problems for math in Pre-K, Grades 1-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and tracks proficiency scores by skill.
Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics (U.S. Dept. of Education) – Grades K-5, downloadable PDF brochure with activities parents can use at home to reinforce standards and work through problems
Learn Zillion – Free registration on this teacher resource site gives parents access to some of the site’s features.
Math With Mr Almeida – YouTube instructional videos playlists broken down by grade level and skill, each lasting from 5-15 minutes.
NYC Dept. of Education Resources for Learning at Home – Grades K-8, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Arabic, Bengali, Russian and Urdu
XP Math Games – Math games Grades 2-9, searchable by skill and grade level.
Another great resource? Teachers who’ve developed lessons that align with Common Core standards. Search for books and lessons available online for purchase. While they’re intended for use in the classroom by other teachers, they’re a fantastic source for parents and homeschoolers, too. Read reviews, and make sure you’re using those specifically aligned to Common Core.