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Resources to Support Math Learning at Home (Kindergarten to Grade 8)

Some top tips for parents:

Build strong, positive attitudes about math. When children feel positively engaged and successful, they are more likely to stick with an activity or a problem to find a solution.

Begin with activities that meet your child’s level of mathematical understanding. Early success in solving problems will build your child’s confidence. Gradually move to activities that provide more challenge for your child.

If you and your child are more comfortable in a language other than English, use it. Your child will understand concepts better in the language that he or she knows best.
(from Doing Mathematics with Your Child - Kindergarten to Grade 6)

Below are some resources to help you with supporting your children with developing strong math skills and positive math identities:

Doing Mathematics with Your Child - Kindergarten to Grade 6

This resource provides engaging activities through everyday contexts for parents, families and caregivers to do with their children in support of their mathematical development. The activities make explicit connections to the Ontario mathematics curriculum.

Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math (English or French)

This resource supports parent engagement in ways that do not involve the direct teaching of mathematics. The tool kit is designed to foster the engagement of parents of elementary students in their children's mathematics learning, and to inform, support and nourish the work parents currently do as the first teachers of their children.

Working In Number Sense (WINS)

Working in Number Sense (WINS) activities are designed for parents to engage with their child using the mathies learning tools and games to build knowledge and skills in Number Sense and deepen understanding of mathematical concepts. Use mathies Learning Tools Tip Sheets for reference on how to use the tools. Representation Cards are used for some activities.

Math Storytime (Apple App Store or Google Play Store)

Math Storytime helps parents and caregivers explore simple math concepts with their children through creative storytelling, stunning illustrations, interactive animations, and offers lively discussion ‘bubbles’ to guide parents and caregivers as they engage with their young learners. Stories also feature a "Read to Me" function as well as an option for parents and caregivers to record their own story-reading voice.

Games and Puzzles:

  • Blokus
  • Card Games (War)
  • Checkers
  • Monopoly
  • Qwirkle
  • Rush Hour
  • Set

Online Resources:

  • Estimation 180 - Provide your students with estimation challenges to support their number sense and problem solving skills.
  • NCTM Illuminations - This site has been developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and houses math lessons, interactive simulations, games and brain teasers.
  • Knowledgehook - The TDSB has partnered with Knowledgehook to provide teachers and students access to activities and gamified practice. Speak to your child’s teacher for more information.
  • Math Before Bed - Math Before Bed is a collection of prompts that can inspire mathematical discussions that you and your children can have before bed, at dinner, or anytime.
  • Mathies - A site developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Mathies includes math games, virtual learning tools, activities and additional learning resources for teachers, students and parents.
  • NRICH - This site has featured problems, math games by topic, and resources to promote mathematical thinking for all ages.
  • TVO mPower - Developed by TVO, this site provides students from K-6 access to math-based games that link directly to Ontario math curriculum expectations through a exploration-based gaming environment.
  • Visual Patterns - This site provides, well, visual patterns! Teachers and parents can use them to ask what the next sequence of diagrams would look like, or how many items there would be.
  • Which One Doesn’t Belong - This site provides math prompts to ask students which one doesn’t belong. The catch? There are no wrong answers, but students must be able to justify their choice.
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