For an overview of the situation regarding math instruction and math achievement in Canada, readers are advised to read the policy report What to do about Canada’s declining math scores, which was written by WISE Math co-founder, Anna Stokke.
Advice for parents
Parental help factors in on math success
Stuff for Parents blog and videos by Marc Lapointe.
Podcasts too, some featuring WISE Math:
- Podcast: No more math misery: What every parent (and teacher) should know about teaching math
- Podcast: When math doesn’t make sense
Also check out Marc’s book Standing in the Education Gap
Enrichment and after-school math classes for kids:
- Archimedes Math Schools, Grades 4 – 6 in Winnipeg (non-profit; founded by Anna Stokke, Ross Stokke, Robert Craigen).
- Able Enrichment Centre, in Winnipeg (non-profit).
- Spirit of Math
- SCM School of Competitive Math, A math enrichment program free of charge, in Ottawa (non-profit).
- Go! Math, email for information in Winnipeg
Math programs that can be used at home:
JUMP Math: Anna Stokke and Robert Craigen endorse JUMP Math. JUMP Math is a charity that was founded by Canadian mathematician John Mighton. The instructional materials published by JUMP use a guided discovery approach with a strong focus on both understanding of math concepts and procedural techniques. A trademark of the program is that concepts are introduced to children in incremental steps so that they can experience success at every level and they are then less likely to become confused or discouraged. JUMP Math also has an excellent teacher training program which involves detailed and organized Teachers’ Guides and outreach training. Anna has first-hand experience using the program with kids and can attest to the fact that they love it! For information about the demonstrated success of the program, read the following two New York Times articles: Part I , Part II.
Singapore Math: Anna Stokke and Robert Craigen endorse Singapore Math. This thorough program presents concepts clearly and simply. The program incorporates multi-step word problems throughout and promotes in-depth understanding of math concepts. which can be ordered from Heritage Resources.
Saxon Math, 3rd edition: Anna Stokke endorses Saxon Math, 3rd edition, which can be ordered from Heritage Resources.
Society for Quality Education (click on remedial programs).