Eureka Math is a common core based math program.  Lessons from Eureka Math emphasize conceptual rather than procedural learning.  In other words, students are given experiences that teach them to think about why common math strategies and algorithms work, rather than being taught to memorize lists of steps for processes such as addition with regrouping or long division.  In many cases students are given opportunities to visualize the meaning of operations in several ways before eventually learning what many of us would consider the “standard” method.  For example, they learn about multiplication in arrays: a collection of items or symbols laid out in rows and columns.  This helps students to see that multiplication relates to the repetition of a given number and later leads to a visual understanding of area as the number of square units that cover a two dimensional space.  They do learn to multiply using the standard algorithm, but not until they have had an opportunity to internalize the meaning of multiplication and apply that in many situations.

 

Many useful Eureka Math resources for parents can be found at their website: greatminds.net/support/parents

 

There you will find:

                  tip sheets for each module(unit) at each grade level

                  homework helpers by grade level

                  informative videos describing materials and methods used in Eureka Math

                  grade roadmaps describing the major concepts taught at    each grade level”

 

 

Another good source of parent information is found on the WSKG public television website.  Here you will find videos explaining terms and ideas used from PreK to Grade 1 such as number bonds, rekenreks, ten frames, fact families, and tape diagrams.

 

http://wskg.org/program/good-to-know/