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 ÒstandardÓ 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 levelÓ

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/*