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Helping Your Child Love and Learn Mathematics

Parents, school and the local community have the shared task of nurturing our students' confidence in learning mathematics and in applying their mathematical knowledge to solve real-life problems. The disposition of appreciating and enjoying mathematics is necesary for our students to persevere in learning mathematics with depth and precision and to continuously improve the clarity of their mathematical communication.  It is common knowledge that parent's/guardian's attitudes toward mathematics has an impact on children's attitudes towards mathematics. In fact, students whose parents/guardians show an interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics around the home will be more likely to develop that enthusiasm themselves and persevere to learn and succeed in Mathematics.

Participate in your child's learning of mathematics by:
  • demonstrating a positive attitude towards mathematics learning
  • expecting your child to do and solve mathematical activities and problems
  • encouraging your child to persevere when the mathematical work becomes difficult
  • appreciating different ways to calculate and solve math problems 
  • listening carefully to your child's explanation of a solution to a lesson problem
  • estimate and count everything and anything in different ways (forwards, backwards, by 2s, 5s, 10s, 100s)
  • playing board and card games
  • solving jigsaw puzzles, number puzzles and logic puzzles
  • building models with different materials (e.g., legoTM, stacking blocks, rolled newspaper tubes, popsicle sticks)
  • involving your child in household activities that involve math. (e.g. measuring in the kitchen, making patterns in the garden)
  • looking for and describing mathematics in  the books you read with your child. (e.g. find patterns, count objects, find shapes, identify probability 
  • support homework completion by being a co-learner and providing encouragement to persevere to think mathematically

thinkMATH@home Posters
Resources for Mathematics Learning
About Ontario Mathematics Educatio
Ministry of Education Parent Publications (from the Ontario Ministry of Education)
Illuminations (National Council for Teachers of Mathematics)
Student and Parent Centres (Grades 3 to 8) - no username or password is needed
For Grades 1 to 8;  all TCDSB students have a login and password to access this on-line math software.  Students can play the fantasy game by answering a range of math questions.
Family Math
Games, Problems and Puzzles
Math Dictionaries
Math History
Math References

Students (grades 7 to 10) can get help with math homework with live, online math tutoring from an Ontario teacher. It's free. Its offered in English.  It is only available to students attending publicly funded elementary and secondary schools.

(a)  students register at: with their OEN (Ontario Education Number) found on their report cards and their date of birth to register.  Registration is free.  (Note:  To register for the site, students will need their OEN number to register. This number is different from their student number, and can be obtained from their school. The OEN is also located on each students report card.)                                                           

(b)  Live Online Tutoring – Students can log in between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET from Sunday to Thursday for one-on-one tutoring. Students can join their grade level tutor room to see what questions other students are asking and then watch teachers walk through problems on the group whiteboard.   

Math Wonders
To continuously improve TCDSB family math resources, please send your comments and/or suggestions to: (Program Coordinator for Mathematics K to 12)