As we embark on the new school year and homework tasks become increasingly more difficult, one school board has implemented a new system to help parents engage with students during homework time.

http://tinyurl.com/kng7smcA new interactive online learning tools promotes family participation during math skills sessions. This new math app encourages parental participation in word problems, equations and more.

Hamilton’s Catholic school board has introduced a new online tool aimed at transforming the way students — and their parents — learn math at home.

Dubbed “e-math plus,” the program was developed in partnership with textbook giant Nelson Education Ltd. to engage and support parents in the delivery of the elementary math curriculum.

“To help young people in math, it takes a certain level of skill and understanding,” said Pat Daly, chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

“Not all of us have it, so the more we can support parents in that, the better.”

To help young people in math, it takes a certain level of skill and understanding …. Not all of us have it. the more we can support parents in that, the better.

The program, which is being rolled out to about 7,600 students in grades 3 through 6 this fall, provides interactive lessons, videos, support pages, math tools and workbook solutions designed to help parents understand how and what their children are being taught.

The digital resource also contains an online textbook, which gives parents direct access to daily lessons and frees kids from having to lug heavy books home.

“I’m not strong in math,” said Nancy Centritto, whose son, Gabriel, just started Grade 6 at Our Lady of Peace in Stoney Creek.

“So to have that help will definitely alleviate a lot of nighttime stress trying to help him out.”

Daly said the timing of the rollout wasn’t intended to coincide with the release of the province’s latest standardized test results — which show that 43 per cent of Grade 6 students and 33 per cent of Grade 3 students are failing to meet the Ontario standard in math.

He is hopeful, however, that the program will help boost test scores by improving students’ math ability within his board.

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