Contributed by Donna Curtis
Parents are an amazing resource to support student learning in the mathematics classroom. However, finding the right materials to support parental involvement in the learning process can sometimes be a challenge. Time constraints within the classroom can also make it difficult to utilize all of the available enVisionmath2.0 program resources. Fortunately, many of these resources are ideal for extending classroom learning at home—with the added benefit of parental involvement and support. Depending on your needs, you can use the following resources at home to introduce a topic, reinforce learning, practice skills, or provide remediation. Let’s explore some of the enVisionmath2.0 resources that are useful for parent-child collaboration.
Home-School Connection Letter
Send home the Home-School Connection letter at the start of each topic. This letter provides parents with an overview of the content covered in the classroom. In addition, the letter contains an activity specifically designed for parents to complete with their children. It includes a list of needed materials, along with step-by-step directions for conducting the activity. This is a great way to introduce a topic to students and parents.
The Observe Your Child section of the letter provides parents with guidance on how to focus on one of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Math and Science Project
Each topic within enVisionmath2.0 starts with a Math and Science Project. These projects are a helpful way to encourage parent involvement. There is a downloadable PDF that teachers can assign online to students for homework. In Grades K–2, the Math and Science Project contains a Find Out component in which students must gather more information. Grades 3–5 materials offer a Do Research component. Parents can assist with these components by guiding their children’s quest for information. This may include a family discussion, a trip to the library, or how to effectively (and safely) search for content on the Internet.
Reteach to Build Understanding
For students who may need extra practice and guidance, consider sending home the Reteach to Build Understanding worksheet with a note to parents to assist their children. These worksheets provide scaffolded re-teaching of key lesson concepts.
Math Tools Activities
Math Tools Activities are another way to enlist parents’ help and extend opportunities to reinforce learning at home. These activities utilize a suite of digital manipulatives to help students visualize concepts, and they are well-suited for parent-child collaboration.
Math Games offer additional activities to build understanding, reinforce concepts, and build fluency at home. Parents can help motivate their children’s performance via these educational games.
The Today’s Challenge series of problems provide yet another opportunity to support learning outside of the classroom. The challenge begins with a factoid to set the context for the learning. After the factoid, there are five problems that use the same data, but become increasingly harder each day. The Today’s Challenge problems are designed for students to use any time, which make them ideal for home use. The added benefit of parental support helps solidify and reinforce classroom learning.
Centers on Pearson Realize™
Teachers can easily share many of these listed activities and resources with parents via an email link within the Centers section of Pearson Realize. Simply log in to your Pearson Realize enVisionmath2.0 program home page, select the Centers option, select the desired topic and lesson, and then click Email a link.
Helpful Tip: You can create a distribution list and email all parents at the start of a new topic—all at the same time!
Finally, a Parent Letter explains and highlights the enVisionmath2.0 program. Teachers can send it home at the start of the school year.