Studies have proven that having an optimistic attitude toward math can lead to better scores on math tests and an improved understanding of the essential math concepts. The main benefit of studying algebra in the 8th grade is that, if your child sits for the PSAT when she is a high school sophomore, she'll have completed geometry as an eighth grader. "One among the top actions parents can take is to simply to be enthusiastic about math," Larson says, "and highlight the ways they themselves utilize mathematics and how they see math as a part of the everyday." For more information on ways to help your child's growth into an optimistic mathematical mindset You can go to www.youcubed.org which is a free resource provided by Stanford University that hosts information for parents as well as students.1 When she is in the position to be able to pass tests like the SAT or ACT in the junior year and senior, she'll have completed Algebra II, which is taught in both college entrance tests. Are your children on the right track? There's a growing push to mandate algebra in seventh grade, however math educators claim that most seventh graders don't have the skills to take it on.1 No matter if your state uses standards from the Common Core State Standards or has math standards that are unique to it, Larson says math standards all over the nation are strict and uniform. "Some students are not able to take advantage of math simply because they are introduced to with math in a way that is too young," says Francis "Skip" Fennell who is professor emeritus of McDaniel College and former president of NCTM.1

To determine whether your child is learning the things she needs to know at the grade she is in You can review the expectations in math for your child's kindergarten first grade, first grade, second 3rd grade, fifth grade, fourth year, six grade, seventh grade and eighth grade in the context of Common Core or check the NCTM's guide to algebra standards.1 If you're unsure if your child is prepared to take the next step, he suggests discussing the current teacher with them. The guide provides basic math expectations for preschoolers to 12th grade. It is important you want your child be proficient in algebra and be interested in math, and not speed through the curriculum just to complete it.1 The answer lies found in your homework.

Math thinking is important. The homework assignments can provide valuable clues regarding the quality of math instruction. "A worksheet that has 50 questions that are not in context and where students are rearranging symbols without explanation could be a reason the parents to involve with their child's teacher in a discussion," Larson says.1 Algebra I isn't the first step to success in mathstudents begin to explore math concepts in kindergarten (and it's best to do so during preschool). Instead homework should be filled with context and require an analytical approach.

Researchers have found that an effective way to assist your child to develop a solid mathematical foundation is to encourage them to build a positive mental attitude about math. "Parents must recognize that math is often difficult," Larson says, "and it's not always an indication that everything seems to be simple.1 A strong mathematical mind is the way your child is thinking about his capability to perform well in math classes. Students must be challenged to develop problem-solving abilities." It's like having an "can achieve" attitude. If you want to do some work of yourself, Fennell recommends talking with your child's math teacher about the way homework is done.1

Research has shown that a positive mindset towards math results in higher mathematics test scores as well as an increased understanding of fundamental math abilities. It is possible to inquire: "One one of the best actions parents can take is to just be positive about mathematics" Larson says, "and let their children know how they employ mathematics and where they see mathematics in their daily lives." To learn more about how you can help your child's development into positive mathematical thinking it is possible to visit www.youcubed.org A free resource offered by Stanford University that hosts information for both parents and students.1 Are homework assignments being corrected and returned on time? Are homework assignments reviewed in class to allow students to be able to learn about their errors? Does the teacher alter the speed or the direction of his or his instruction in response to feedback from students? Is your child doing well?1 It doesn't matter if you're math-minded to ask the right questions about the curriculum your child is studying, Fennell adds. "Ask your teacher: Is it a repetition or a repetition of the math you should have been learned?

If my child is finished this year will he be prepared for math in high school? '" If your state is using or implementing the Common Core State Standards or has its own mathematics standards that are unique to it, Larson says math standards across the nation are thorough and uniform.1 What is the amount of time students should depend on calculators? To check whether your child is acquiring the basics of the appropriate grade and beyond, read the math requirements for your child's Kindergarten 1st grade, 2nd year, grade 3, fifth grade, fourth 6th grade, seventh grade and eighth grade, under Common Core or check the NCTM's guide to the algebra standards.1 The use of calculators is a subject that has been debated by math instructors as well as university professors and parents, however there is a consensus that calculators should not be used as an alternative to learning basic math and basic algorithms. The guide offers a simple outline of math concepts for children from preschool to 12th grade.1

Larson believes that the use of calculators isn't a yes or no answer. The answer lies within the assignment. Although he believes that technology can aid in developing an understanding of the most important math concepts, students must be taught to perform basic procedures independently.

The work of home can reveal a lot regarding the quality of math instruction. "A homework assignment that contains 50 problems without context in which students move symbols around in a random manner could be an opportunity that parents should engage the teacher of their child in a dialogue," Larson says.1 It's not a good idea to have students rushing straight to calculators, Fennell says. "The calculator can be used as an educational instrument," says Fennell. "It is supposed to support, but not replace any other tool. Instead homework should be rich in context and requires the ability to think critically.1

It shouldn't be used to support 6 x 7." "Parents must be aware that learning math can be difficult," Larson says, "and it's certainly not an excellent sign that all is simple. Students should be encouraged to apply their problem-solving skills."