Supporting Math Skills At Home for Grades 4 – 8

In this resource from the Institute for Education Sciences, families and teachers will find activities they can use to support mathematical problem solving at home.

The three tips described in detail for use at home are:

1. Help children get started and reflect on word problems
2. Help children use visual representations
3. Encourage using multiple problem-solving approaches

Here is an example of what you will find in the resource, from #1 in the list:

“For example, you can have your child read through the problem three times using prompts, which is
often referred to as the “Three Reads” process. You can ask your child to read the problem once and
answer what the problem is about. You can ask your child to read the problem again and this time ask
what the problem is asking them to find out. Finally, you can ask your child to read the problem again
and tell you what information in the problem is relevant to solve the problem. Sometimes word
problems include numbers and other information that is irrelevant or not needed to solve the problem
so taking time to reflect on what is relevant or needed to solve the problem can head off potential
mistakes.”

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