Parent Resources

On this page you will find links to resources that parents may find helpful when working with their children on mathematics. Not all the mathematics that children are learning today will look familiar to parents.  Students are asked to think different about the mathematics they are learning -- to become more facile with manipulating, taking apart and putting back together quantities. ATMIM hopes that the links below will help parents navigate and understand how their children are learning mathematics.


Figure This! - Math Challenges for Families

This site offers challenges for parents to do with their child at home.  Links to various brochures are also available that include answers to questions such as:

  • How can I work with the school to make sure my child gets the most out of math?
  • How come the math my child brings home doesn't look like the math I remember?
  • Math Homework due tomorrow.  How can I help?

PTA - Parents' Guides for Student Success

"The Parents' Guide to Student Success were created by teachers, parents, and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards. Guides include:

  • Key Items Children Should be Learning in English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Activites that Parents can do at home to support their child's learning
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teachers
  • Tips for planning for college and career (high school only)"

This two-page handout provides some advice for parents when working on and discussing mathematics with their children. The handout also includes links to various resources on  

"This website is dedicated to helping parents support their children's mathematical development. We know we need to read with our children every day, but what should we do for math?  Answer: Talk about math with them as we and they encounter numbers and shapes in our everyday lives."

"The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8."


Videos Resources

Common Core Mathematics Explained in 3 Minutes

This is a wonderfully short video that provides some justification for why mathematics looks different in elementary school today as compared to how we may learned it when we were younger. 

Parents Supporting Mathematics Learning

NCTM and The Hunt Institute have produced a series of videos to enhance the understanding of the mathematics that students need to succeed in college, life, and careers.  The video directly linked is titled "Parents Supporting Mathematics Learning."  Scroll down a little further for a video on "Parents and Homework".

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