Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics
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Federal Sources of Information

No Child Left Behind Parents Tool Box
Toll Free: 1-888-814-NCLB

The U.S. Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Initiative
Toll Free: 1-800-USA-LEARN

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

Web Sites

In addition to the federal sources listed above, the following Web sites contain great links for both you and your child:

Educational REALMS:

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education:

Family Education Network:

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families:


Links Learning:

The Math Forum:

Math in Daily Life:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:

National Institute of Standards and Technology:

National Science Foundation:

Newton's Window:

Publications for Parents

Apelman, Maja and King, Julie. (1993). Exploring Everyday Math: Ideas for Students, Teachers, and Parents. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann.

Barber, Jacqueline, Parizeau, Nicole, Bergman, Lincoln and Lima, Patricia. (2002). Spark Your Child's Success in Math and Science: Practical Advice for Parents. Berkeley, California: Great Explorations in Math and Science.

Dadila-Coates, Grace and Thompson, Virginia. (2003). Family Math II: Achieving Success in Mathematics. Berkeley, California: Lawrence Hall of Science.

Hartog, Martin D. and Brosnan, Patricia. (2003). Doing Mathematics With Your Child. ERIC Digest.

Kaye, Peggy. (1988). Games for Math: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn Math from Kindergarten to Third Grade. New York: Pantheon.

Kulm, Gerald. Math Power at Home. (1991). Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Kulm, Gerald. Math Power in the Community. (1991). Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Mayfield-Ingram, Karen, Thompson, Virginia and Williams, Ann. (1998). Family Math: The Middle School Years Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense. Berkeley, California: Lawrence Hall of Science.

Milbourne, Linda A. and Haury, David L. (2003). Helping Students With Homework in Science and Math. ERIC Digest.

Miller, Marcia K. (1999). Quick and Easy Learning Games: Math (Grades 1-3). New York: Scholastic Professional Books.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (1996). Family Math Awareness Activities. Reston, Virginia: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Polonsky, Lydia, Freedman, Dorothy, Lesher, Susan and Morrison, Kate. (1995). Math for the Very Young: A Handbook of Activities for Parents and Teachers. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Reys, Barbara. (1999). Elementary School Mathematics: What Parents Should Know About Problem Solving. Reston, Virginia: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Walthall, Barbara (ed.). (1995). IDEAAAS: Sourcebook for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Books for Children

The following is only a sampling of the many available math-related children's books that your child might enjoy. Please ask your local or school librarian to help you find other appropriate titles. Many of books listed here are also available in languages other than English. Your librarian can help you locate books in a particular language.

This list is divided into two groups, those books most appropriate for you to read with your younger child and those that will appeal to your older child, who reads independently. However, you're the best judge of which books are appropriate for your child, regardless of age.

Preschool-Grade 2
Adler, David A. Fun With Fractions. Holiday House.

Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno's Math Games. Philomel Books.

Axelrod, Amy. Pigs at Odds: Fun With Math and Games. Simon and Schuster.

Brown, Marc. One Two Three: An Animal Counting Book. Little Brown.

Burns, Marilyn. The Greedy Triangle (Brainy Day Books). Scholastic.

Carle, Eric. 1,2,3 to the Zoo. Philomel Books.

Dee, Ruby. Two Ways to Count to Ten. Holt.

Demi. Demi's Count the Animals 1 2 3. Grosset and Dunlap.

Feelings, Muriel. Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book. Dial.

Fox, Mem. The Straight Line Wonder. Mondo.

Greene, Rhonda G. When a Line Bends, a Shape Begins. Houghton Mifflin.

Hoban, Tana. So Many Circles, So Many Squares. Greenwillow.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems. Turtleback Books.

Hudson, Cheryl Willis. Afro-Bets 1 2 3 Book. Just Us Productions.

Hutchins, Pat. The Doorbell Rang. Greenwillow Books.

Jones, Carol. This Old Man. Houghton Mifflin Company.

Lionni, Leo. Numbers to Talk About. Pantheon Books.

Miller, Jane. Farm Counting Book. Aladdin Library.

Pinczes, Elinor J. A Remainder of One. Houghton Mifflin.

Pluckrose, Henry. Numbers and Counting: Let's Explore. Gareth Stevens.

Schwartz, David M. How Much Is a Million? Scholastic.

Scieszka, Jon. Math Curse. Viking.

Tafuri, Nancy. Who's Counting? Mulberry Books.

Ziefert, Harriet. A Dozen Ducklings Lost and Found: A Counting Story. Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books.

Grades 3-5
Adler, David A. Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons. Holiday House.

Burns, Marilyn. I Hate Mathematics! (A Brown Paper School Book). Little, Brown.

Clement, Rod. Counting on Frank. Gareth Stevens.

Garland, Trudi H. Fibonacci Fun: Fascinating Activities With Intriguing Numbers. Dale Seymour Publications.

Holub, Joan. Riddle-Iculous Math. Albert Whitman.

Julius, Edward K. Arithmatricks: 50 Easy Ways to Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide Without a Calculator. John Wiley & Sons.

Lopresti, Angeline Sparagna. A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure. Charlesbridge Publishing.

Murphy, Stuart J. Sluggers' Car Wash. HarperCollins.

Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure. Charlesbridge Publishing.

Pappas, Theoni. Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales. Wide World Publishing.

Peterson, Ivars and Henderson, Nancy. Math Trek: Adventures in the Math Zone. John Wiley & Sons.

Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. The History of Counting. HarperCollins.

Swartz, David M. G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book. Triangle Press.

Tang, Greg. The Grapes of Math: Mind Stretching Math Riddles. Scholastic.

Viorst, Judith. Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday. Atheneum.

Wise, Bill. Whodunit Math Puzzles. Sterling.

Zaslavsky, Claudia. Math Games & Activities From Around the World. Chicago Review Press.

Math Software

Many Web sites provide information and reviews that you can use to select the best mathematics software for your child. Here are just a few of those Web sites:

Children's Math Software:'s/math.html

Learning Village:

SuperKids (the educational software review page):


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