# FAMILY MATH

Family Math lessons are for the entire family so you strengthen family ties while learning together!  These activities help your child to see math as more than just a worksheet by using a growth mindset and incorporates the importance of play and exploration. Engaging questions and open-ended tasks will get your child excited about mathematics. Family Math activities will promote deeper understanding, number sense, problem-solving, logic, and reasoning.  Based upon Jo Boaler’s work in Mathematical Mindsets, our Family Math activities help you realize you (and your whole family) CAN understand and enjoy mathematics.

Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, but more importantly,  they can change a student’s relationship with mathematics so they start believing in their own potential. The tasks in CGA Family Math reflect the lessons from Mindset Mathematics. Brain science shows us the following:

• Mistakes, struggles, and challenges are the most important times for brain growth.
• Speed is unimportant in mathematics.
• Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics.
• There is no such thing as a math person – anyone can learn mathematics to high levels. –Jo Boaler

Family Math, combined with an additional paper/pencil or online curriculum and fluency practice, creates a comprehensive math plan. This develops individual progression in skills at your student’s ability level while encouraging depth of knowledge with a user-friendly math experience your family can enjoy together.

Families can access each week’s pacing guide, fluency practice information, and the Mathematical Mindsets activity in the Family Math document linked in Ally.

## COMPLETE MATH PROGRAMS

• Family Math + Fluency Practice + Zearn + Zearn Workbook
• Family Math + Fluency Practice + Zearn + Zearn Workbook + ST Math (supplemental)
• Family Math + Fluency Practice + Paper Curriculum (i.e. Saxon, Math Mammoth, Math U See)
• Family Math + Fluency Practice + Paper Curriculum (i.e. Saxon, Math Mammoth, Math U See)  + Zearn (supplemental)
• Family Math + Fluency Practice + Paper Curriculum (i.e. Saxon, Math Mammoth, Math U See)  + Other Online Math Subscription (STMath, Dreambox, Math Seeds, etc.) (supplemental)

## Zearn (online)

CGA TOP CHOICE – Zearn Math is a top-rated program that uses video direct instruction, including visual representations of math concepts, making it engaging for all students and reaching their various learning needs no matter their current skill level. All CGA K-6th grade students will be provided access to Zearn for the 2020-2021 school year so that enjoy the benefits of this program. Students must be placed at the appropriate entry point for their current skill level so be certain to talk to your ES when they begin. Parents can print the workbook at home or request a copy from the school. (Please order a workbook if you are using Zearn as your main, stand-alone program). Zearn is a complete math program because students enter some of the answers from the workbook or scratch paper directly into the program which greatly simplifies the accountability process.

Notes: An effective and effective way to learn math. CGA top choice

## Saxon Math

These 140 lessons use math in real life; identifying place value; completing patterns; mastering multiplication and division facts; adding/subtracting multi-digit numbers; multiplying a multi-digit number by a single digit; dividing by a 1-digit divisor; adding/subtracting fractions with common denominators; telling time to the minute; change for a dollar; graphing. Learn More

Needs: Teachers Manual, Meeting Book,  Student Workbooks and fact cards, Manipulatives (48 baby bear counters, 100 color tiles, a complete set of double nine dominoes, 2 geoboards with rubber bands, 1 hundred number board, 100 linking cubes, 100 pattern blocks, 1 primary balance, 2 rulers, 2 student clocks, 1 set of four tangrams, 25 two-color counting discs).

Notes: Saxon Math has a very dry presentation.  The pages are devoid of color, but it has lots of reviews and is a well-respected curriculum.   Placement Test

## Math Mammoth

Focuses on an understanding of mathematical concepts. Uses clear explanations, lots of visual exercises and pattern exercises. Mastery-oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, with fairly few topics per grade. Emphasizes mental math and developing number sense. Very little preparation needed.  Learn More

Needs: Semester One – Worktext 3A,  Semester Two- Worktext 3B

Notes: A great curriculum that covers all skills really well. Crammed full of information so page layout can seem a little overwhelming. No color. A great fit for the student that gets Math. 2 workbooks A & B.  Placement Test

There are lots of youtube videos by Maria Miller (the author)  Here

## Math-U-See

Gamma – Multiplication for single and multiple-digit numbers and other topics.  Once students have mastered the concepts of addition and subtraction (covered in Alpha and Beta), they are ready for multiplication. Gamma teaches single-digit facts and multiple-digit multiplication skills.  Learn More

Needs: Student Workbook, Teacher Manual & Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set.

Notes: Math-U-See is great for hands on learners. It can be quite repetitive and doesn’t contain many reviews.  Placement Test

## Singapore Primary Math (US Edition)

The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem-solving. This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics. Practice exercises are designed to provide the students with further practice after they have done the relevant workbook exercises. Review exercises are provided for cumulative reviews of concepts and skills. All the practice exercises and review exercises are optional exercises.  Learn More

Needs: Semester One – Workbook A, Textbook A, Home Instructor Guide A. Semester two – Workbook B, Textbook B, Home Instructor Guide B.

Notes: Colorful kid-friendly pages.   Placement Test

Beast Academy books provide a curriculum that is both rigorous and complete as well as engaging and entertaining. Each grade is split into four parts (A-D). For each part, there is a Guide and a Practice book.

Guides provide instruction delivered by the Academy instructors in a comic book style that encourages reasoning and problem-solving.

Practice books provide hundreds of problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons. Learn More

Needs: Semester One -Practice book (workbook) 3A & 3B, Guide (textbook) 3A & 3B.  Semester Two – Practice book (workbook) 3C & 3D, Guide (textbook) 3C & 3D.

## Right Start Math

The new RS2 Level C lesson continues to build on known addition and subtraction facts works with 4-digit addition and subtraction and 2-digit mental calculations. Other topics include area and perimeter, money, time, and basic fractions. They also work with drawing tools to explore geometric designs. Review lessons are included for a child beginning with the RightStart™ program. Problem-solving is emphasized.  Learn More

Needs: Kit (Lessons & Worksheets), Manipulatives Kit (AL Abacus Standard Math Card Games book Place Value Cards Base 10 Picture Cards Abacus Tiles Cards for Math Games Fraction Charts Drawing Board Set Geoboards Geometric Solids Plastic Coins Geometry Panels Colored Tiles Geometry Reflector Casio Calculator 450 Geared Clock Math Balance Tangrams Centimeter Cubes 4-in-1 Ruler Folding Meter Stick Goniometer Tally Sticks Yellow Is The Sun CD).

Notes: A great Math especially for struggling learners, but is very parent intensive.  Lots of games and manipulatives. AL Abacus is primary manipulative.   Placement Test

## ST Math (online)

Don’t settle for mere digitized math drills. ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge PreK-8 students toward higher achievement. Every student deserves his or her own personal journey toward math mastery. With ST Math, students progress at their own pace and engage with a unique series of animated puzzles. Students use the immediate and informative feedback to adjust their thinking while solving a problem. Parents have access to a simple-yet-powerful, built-in reporting system to monitor learning and quickly identify the instructional needs of each student.