The way kids learn math has changed, and now there are classes for parents to help with kids’ homework.
Students are learning multiple strategies for problem solving, not just the one method that mom and dad learned. The Aberdeen School District is sponsoring math classes for adults, helping parents learn the approaches that kids are taught today.
Three sessions are divided by grade level. Classes are funded by federal education money. They are free, and no registration is necessary.
“I want parents to understand their (children’s) math,” said Sandy Ullrich, district math coach. “You can’t do it in one night, of course, but at least you can get a start to what their child will be coming home with as far as math.”
Students are now given different strategies to come to the same conclusion, and this often confuses parents and presents the biggest challenge. The goal is to get children to understand math, rather than to memorize math facts.