Research shows that memorizing all the different ways to solve math problems isn't enough for long-term success. But, by working through challenging problems to build a deep understanding of how math concepts work, all children are capable of succeeding in math.
Here are some resources you can use to help your child develop creative and rigorous problem solving skills that support deeper learning.
ST Math is a visual instructional program that engages students in creative and rigorous problem solving, allowing them to see the math and grow.
Do your children use ST Math? We recommend watching the introduction video and playing a few sample games first. Then check out our parent resources below to learn how you can help guide your student through the program.
In ST Math®, the puzzles start off simple and then get more challenging as the student progresses. When they reach a challenging problem, they may ask for your help.
What do you notice about the puzzle?
What do you think you have to do to solve the puzzle?
What things can you click on?
Describe the strategy that you are going to use.
What do you expect to happen when you try your strategy?
Describe what you see after you try your strategy. Was it what you expected?
What did you learn?
How will you use what you learned?
If your child continues to be stuck and does not know what to do, have them play a previous level. Ask, "What did you learn from the previous level that can help you in this new level?"