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Free Guide Offers Parents Tips on Helping Children Learn Math

Through the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush has made clear his commitment to the goals of raising standards of achievement for all children and providing all children with highly qualified teachers and instruction that is based on scientific research. The U.S. Department of Education's free booklet, "Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics," is part of the president's efforts to provide parents with the latest research and practical information that can help them both to support children's learning at home and to understand what they should expect from their children's schools.

To ensure that children are ready for high school and on track for success in college and the workforce, parents must become involved early—and stay involved over the school years—to reinforce children's skills in and positive attitudes toward mathematics.

With that in mind, Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics includes a range of activities for families with children from preschool age through grade five. These activities use materials found inside the home and also make learning experiences out of everyday routines, such as grocery shopping and doing laundry. The activities are designed for parents to have fun with their children while developing and reinforcing mathematical skills. Also included are a glossary of mathematical concepts and a listing of additional resources that are helpful for teaching children mathematics.

Parents, teachers and others working with children can order a free copy of Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Ordering online at:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.
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