Today, math includes much more than arithmetic. The math strands your child will be learning here at Frye are: Number Sense and Operations; Data Analysis, Probability and Discrete Math; Patterns, Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Structure and Logic. In addition, they should be learning how to solve problems by applying a knowledge of math to new situations, to understand math concepts, to reason mathematically, and to communicate mathematical ideas by talking and writing about math.
Perhaps one of the most important ways that families can reinforce mathematics achievement is simply by having a positive attitude that children can and will master challenging math. Too often, we undermine our children's interest in math by using statements such as “math is hard” or “I didn't like math either.” Research shows that when we believe all children can learn challenging materials and we set high expectations, children rise to the occasion.
By working on the activities outlined in the following pages, your child can develop a healthy interest in math, an appreciation of why math is useful and a positive attitude about studying math in school. I commend you for being an involved family. Your commitment will encourage your children to reach their full potential!