“Many parents have asked me: What is the point of my child explaining their work if they can get the answer right? My answer is always the same: Explaining your work is what, in mathematics, we call reasoning, and reasoning is central to the discipline of mathematics.”
–Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education,Stanford
More Tips for Parents Helping Students Learn Math At Home

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Math Fact Strategy Posters
Games to Support Fluency at Home
Snap It: This is an activity that children can work on in groups. Each child makes a train of connecting cubes of a specified number. On the signal “Snap,” children break their trains into two parts and hold one hand behind their back. Children take turns going around the circle showing their re maining cubes. The other children work out the full number combination.
Example: if I have 8 cubes in my number train I could snap it and put 3 behind my back. I would show my group the remaining 5 cubes and they should be able to say that three are missing and that 5 and 3 make 8. Math Cards
Multiplication Mix Up

How Many Are Hiding? In this activity each child has the same number of cubes and a cup. They take turns hiding some of their cubes in the cup and showing the leftovers. Other children work out the answer to the question “How many are hiding,” and say the full number combination.
Example: I have 10 cubes and I decide to hide 4 in my cup. My group can see that I only have 6 cubes. Students should be able to say that I’m hiding 4 cubes and that 6 and 4 make 10. Go Fish Addition Style
Pepperoni Pizza
In this game, children roll a dice twice. The first roll tells them how many pizzas to draw. The second roll tells them how many pepperonis to put on EACH pizza. Then they write the number sentence that will help them answer the question, “How many pepper onis in all?” Example: I roll a dice and get 4 so I draw 4 big pizzas. I roll again and I get 3 so I put three pepperonis on each pizza. Then I write 4 x 3 = 12 and that tells me that there are 12 pepperonis in all. 
How Close to 100? This game is played in partners. Two children share a blank 100 grid. The first partner rolls two number dice. The numbers that come up are the numbers the child uses to make an array on the 100 grid. They can put the array anywhere on the grid, but the goal is to fill up the grid to get it as full as possible. After the player draws the array on the grid, she writes in the number sentence that describes the grid. The game ends when both players have rolled the dice and cannot put any more arrays on the grid. How close to 100 can you get?
Addition Facts Concentration

Online Fluency Resources
Motion Math offers a suite of engaging games that explore number sense, fractions and other mathematical concepts through visual representations. You can really see the math ideas!
Dragon Box teaches you algebra through visuals. You solve for x and have fun doing it. It really encourages algebraic thinking.

Refraction focuses on teaching fractions and discovering optimal learning pathways for math education. Refraction lets you bend, split, and redirect lasers to power spaceships filled with lost animals! Help free as many animals as you can by expanding your knowledge of fractions.
Bedtime Math wants to help parents make fun math a part of their kids’ and families’ daily routine, as common and beloved as the bedtime story. We make it easy to roll math into the day, whether at bedtime, bathtime, or snacktime.

Table Talk Math is a weekly newsletter that aims to provide clarity for what students could be doing to increase their math fluency and also provide prompts to discuss around the dinner table (or anywhere, for that matter). Now Table Talk Math can be purchased as a book as well to math educators and experts from around the world offer ideas and share stories about ways in which parents can engage their children with a mathbased conversation in an easytoread format and plenty of examples.

Resources for Understanding the Common Core Math Standards
CCSS for Mathematics
The standards, by grade level.
Grade Level Video Examples
Video clips that show what success might look like at the end of each grade level year.
The Mathematical Practices
Detailed explanations with examples of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice. Posters that explain the math practices in kid friendly language. K2; 35
The Mathematics Framework Chapters (by grade level)
From the California Department of Education.
The standards, by grade level.
Grade Level Video Examples
Video clips that show what success might look like at the end of each grade level year.
The Mathematical Practices
Detailed explanations with examples of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice. Posters that explain the math practices in kid friendly language. K2; 35
The Mathematics Framework Chapters (by grade level)
From the California Department of Education.