In order to teach math to kids, one elementary school is discovering that teaching parents math is key to their children understanding the subject.
Growing up in Mexico, math was a tough subject for Norma Esparza. She now has two daughters at Indian Hill Elementary, and she is discovering that the new way that math is taught today poses a new challenge. There is more emphasis on understanding concepts, and using multiple methods to calculate. Helping her daughters with homework is difficult.
Once every two weeks, a class for teaching parents math is led by math coach Matthew Timm, social worker Margie Hernandez and bilingual liaison Cindy Aguirre. Most of the parents are bilingual or Spanish speaking.
“We ask parents to be involved, but if we don’t give them the tools to be involved, it’s unfair,” Indian Hill Principal Robert Holzapfel said. “It’s about math, but it’s turned into something bigger for me — making our parents feel welcome.”
Timm believes that Indian Hills is one of only a few schools holding regular classes for parents.