Parents, August is right around the corner, and before you know it, school will be starting up again. With the new school year comes new math concepts, and some of it might strike you as confusing and difficult. In some math classrooms, the processes that teachers are using are not the same as the ones you might have used.
Before you complain about this, remember: your child’s teacher is giving your child the tools needed to really be successful at math. Remind your child to work towards understanding the way the teacher is modeling/helping to discover, and make sure you’re also providing them with tips and techniques that you have learned.
Math isn’t just a subject; it’s a language, and, like with any language, there are different ways of saying the same thing. One tool that can be really helpful for parents and students alike is Khan Academy.
Khan Academy started as the place to go to learn math for free, but now you can learn about art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. It’s easy to get started, and the math is all organized by grade level. It’s great for literally all grades, from Kindergarten through College.
When you sign up, you want to sign yourself up as a parent first. Then, you can create accounts for your children/teens. This will allow you to track their progress and make sure they are logged in when they say they are (I loved this feature as a teacher!).
If you’ve got multiple parents/guardians wanting to help with the math, recommend having the parent who feels weakest in math sign up as the parent account. Then, the other parent and guardians can create coach accounts. The coach accounts can coach both the student and the parents. It’s fun for the parent who doesn’t feel as confident in math to compete with the student to learn more math and earn more energy points and badges, and can make it a lot of fun.
What do you think of Khan Academy? Do your students already use it, or is this a new tool for you? If you already use it, what grade level do you have the highest mastery in?