At several points throughout the year, we share a range of on-line resources and web-based libraries, aimed at encouraging students to maintain good reading habits at home and over school breaks. Similarly, authentic opportunities to make mathematics meaningful for children at home also abound. Indeed, “helping your children be successful in math can be as simple as talking about the math around your daily life” (Ontario Ministry of Education, Doing Mathematics with Your Child: A Parents’ Guide). The York Region District School Board has updated its math landing page with expanded sections on resources for supporting children in mathematics. Within these sections are links to numerous parent resources, activities, books, games and websites for students, divided into Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-10.
Some highlights of possibilities for fun on-line learning at home for students in math include TVO’s mPower, Mathies, and Math Before Bed (and there are many, many more!) By encouraging your child to engage in fun, math-oriented activities (at home and throughout the year), you help build confidence and positive attitudes toward math, as well as nurture your child’s gradually developing mathematical understandings. “When you find ways to engage your child in thinking and talking about mathematics, you are providing an important key for unlocking his or her future success” (Ontario Ministry of Education, Doing Mathematics with Your Child: A Parents’ Guide).
We hope you find these resources helpful in providing additional points of departure for supporting your child in mathematics!