Changing standards may be confusing, but now there is help for parents with Common Core math questions.
In Florissant Missouri, 40 parents watched in the library of Barrington Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher used a skateboard to write a problem and directed children to solve it.
Parents witnessed the strategies the children presented to teacher Lesli Henderson. The problem was 321 minus 147.
One boy broke the numbers down by hundred and the tens. Another broke it down differently. A third child drew a number line to solve the problem by addition.
“Some things make sense,” said Rebecca Akers, a mother who joined her husband and fourth-grade daughter. She commented about the multiple steps. “But sometimes I’m like, ‘Why don’t you just add 15 and 15?’”
The shift to Common Core has meant that children are solving more complicated math problems at an early age and parents are lost in the complicated methods and new terminology.