The Mathematics for Parents Newsletter program was designed as an extension of the Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) program. The goal of CGI is to inform teachers about how children think about simple arithmetic in the primary grades. In so doing, teachers are better able to adapt their teaching styles so as to maximize children's learning. Our work has extended this philosophy to the study of children's reasoning about space (e.g., shape, measure, depiction, and navigation).
Learning, however, is not limited to the classroom. A significant portion of what children learn occurs outside the walls of the classroom. Parents, as "home teachers", can be extremely valuable contributors to their children's education. The Mathematics for Parents Newsletter program aims at informing parents about how their children think about mathematics--just as CGI aims at informing teachers.
The following newsletters were provided to classroom teachers to be sent home with children during the school year. They were timed to coincide with lessons going on in the classrooms.
Newletter design: Rich Lehrer, Lee Shumow, Jeff Horvath
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