Lesley Yanka - Math Specialist


Math methodologies have undergone significant changes.  Most of us remember sitting in a classroom with a teacher lecturing procedures for math concepts without providing foundational knowledge.  Today students are learning mathematical concepts on a deeper level before exposure to procedures.  They are expected to think critically, understand multiple perspectives, and apply concepts in real-life experiences. As a Math Specialist, these are the three questions that I get frequently:

  • What's expected of my child in this grade?
  • How can I help at home?
  • What are some web sites and apps available?

All of these questions, and more, will be found on this site.  This is a great resource for parents, students, and educators. If there is something that you would like more information on, please feel free to contact me. 


Helpful Articles

Parents' Guide for SuccessOverview of what your child will learn in literacy and mathematics throughout the school year.  http://www.pta.org/parentsguides


Parent Roadmap: Supporting Your Child in Mathematics - Summary of grade-level content in mathematics. Also gives examples of methods students will be using throughout the year. https://www.cgcs.org/Page/244


Math at Home: Helping Your Children Learn and Enjoy Mathematics - How to promote and encourage your child's math education. http://Math at Home: Helping Your Children Learn and Enjoy Mathematics


My Child has a Problem in Math! What can I do at Home? - Use tools at home for math engagement. Also gives ideas about homework and some web sites for review.  https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/92_ProblemsLearningMath.pdf


8 Practical Ways to Conquer Your Child's Math Anxiety - Mathematical Anxiety


New Math: A Guide for Parents - Guide for Math


Web Sites

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System - Provides current information on the  state-standardized  testing in both English Language Arts and  Mathematics. http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/


Mathademics and Math Antics- A YouTube set dedicated to tutorials on various math concepts.  https://www.youtube.com/user/Mathademics/featured   


Tech Finder- Through Understood.org, search for apps and games that fit your child's needs. Tech Finder


Best Math Apps - With these top math apps, kids will discover that being good at math can be fun and rewarding! Best Math Apps