Frequently Asked Questions!

The program will help you improve your understanding of math and in turn enable you to help your child understand math.

You may have a conversation with your child and explain that this program will be a shared activity to help both of you to become more comfortable with mathematics.

Look at a week’s set of problems in the Child Resource book before you start with your child. Check your understanding with the material in the Parent’s Resource book. It will give you the confidence to begin. You will be given all answers, explanations, vocabulary, and lesson extensions.

There are as many ways to implement the program as there are children.

  • You may want to do a problem a day during the school year. It will not always mirror what your child is doing in class, but it will give both of you a good background that should enhance their daily work.
  • You can also use it as a summer program by doing 5 problems a day for a month. This will keep the mind active over the summer and introduce new topics in a non-threatening way.
  • You may choose to work on the problems once a week. This will cover one complete topic.
  • You may structure the use any way that suits you. However, you should go through the program sequentially. Do not skip around. The degree of difficulty increases with each topic or week.

Always expect answers in complete sentences. This will make the writing component easier. Forcing your child will bring resentment. Make the exercise less fearful by supplying most of the answer and have your child fill in the blanks. As the year progresses, you give less and less, and have your child provide more and more.

The program is based on national standards. It is intended to foster an understanding of math regardless of the program your child is using in school. National standards provide understanding and exposure to the problems on both state and national tests. The program should not be considered as a basal program but an enrichment program that supports critical thinking.

It will give your child strategies to help with computation. A better understanding of the relationships between and among numbers will empower your child.

Start slow and vary the activities you use. Make it a game. Instead of counting by 3 starting at 3, count by 3 but start at 5. It makes them think about the patterns.

Your child needs to be flexible in looking for number patterns. Zero is a factor of every number. This should be introduced as soon as possible. Alternate between the use of 0-99 and 1-100 charts.

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