They came straight from work, squeezed into the child size desks, and the class began to help parents learn how to help kids with math
At Sallie Humble Elemtary, parents were desperate to learn, and willing to do anything to help children with homework. And so, the Parent Academy was created by the school, to give parents the opportunity to learn the techniques taught in Eureka math, the curriculum used by school districts to achieve the Common Core State Standards.
Children will be tested on the upcoming standardized test at the end of the year.
Curriculum coordinator Lissa Dumas says ““The curriculum is designed to build layers on top of layers to help students achieve a deeper conceptual understanding. It’s not the way we were taught. But, if parents will hang in there, it will get easier.”
The intent is to turn on the light bulb of understanding for the parents, and clear misunderstanding.
“When we learned it, we just learned how to turn a light on,” she said. “But now, in math we are going to know how to turn the light on, how it got there, how it was able to turn on and all the inner workings of the light. That is a deeper understanding. It’s a benefit in the long run, but a challenge in the beginning,” Dumas said.
The school plans to do as many night sessions as needed to help the parents. The creator of Eureka Math, Engage New York, provides videos on their website to help both parents and students.
Teachers volunteer their time for the Parent Academy. Parents are encouraged to ask as many questions as they need, and take full advantage of the resource for extra help. The sessions have been conducted for several weeks, and will continue to be available.