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Proposed Math Curriculum Changes Grades K-5

Grand Peak Academy is in the final stages of consideration for changing our math curriculum for K-5 students from Saxon Math to Eureka Math. Our Math team has held 2 parent information nights and shared some wonderful information. For those parents that were not able to attend, we wanted to share some of the information presented so you can be informed of the proposed changes.

WHY MAKE A CURRICULUM CHANGE?

  • Saxon is outdated and has not had sufficient updates since 2008
  • We need more success for ALL students
  • Resources are limited for certain grades
  • Our test scores are not showing the capability of our students
  • There are no supplements/resources that align with Saxon Math
  • Our staff has been asking to change for 5 years, we never had the budget available, nor the resources to effectively make a transition.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EUREKA MATH?

  • Reaches ALL students
  • Multiple access points for understanding  – Conceptual Understanding
  • Provides opportunity for student choice on strategy
  • Gives a good foundation of number sense  – all grades
  • Helps improve test scores
  • Non-Profit—Teacher Created
  • Resources are built into the curriculum, no need for outside resources

WHO DEVELOPED THE EUREKA MATH CURRICULUM?

More than 200 teachers and math experts from around the country developed the Eureka Math curriculum. Their team of writers remains involved in the curriculum through professional development events and by ensuring that the curriculum is consistently updated and refined based on feedback from the field.

EUREKA MATH SEEMS TO BE COMMON CORE ALIGNED, WHY ARE WE MOVING OUR CURRICULUM IN THAT DIRECTION?

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides the state standards in which all schools in the state must strive to achieve. Because our school operates in CO, we must align our curriculum to meet the standards set forth by the state. CO is one of 6 states that align their state standards with the Common Core Standards. For more information on the CDE standards for math, please follow this link. Standards are the guidelines for what children should learn and know; curriculums are the way to get there.

Top 3 shifts the Common Core calls for in curriculum:

  1. Greater focus on fewer topics
  2. Coherence of topics by linking them and thinking across grades
  3. More Rigor, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity

WHAT IF I CAN’T HELP MY CHILD WITH THEIR HOMEWORK, WHERE CAN I FIND RESOURCES AND INFORMATION TO HELP MY CHILD?

(From the Eureak Math/Great Minds website) We understand that parents are their child’s chief advocate and most essential teacher – at homework time and always. To assist in this crucial role, we have assembled a parent support page that contains a variety of helpful resources, including:

HOMEWORK HELPERS to illustrate problems similar to those assigned in class and demonstrate an example of the thinking that supports each problem, so that parents can help their children with Eureka Math homework problems. 

GRADE ROADMAPS to explain what a Eureka Math student will be studying in the coming year and share strategies that you can employ to facilitate learning outside of the classroom. A great way to begin bridging the gap between the way math was once taught and today’s techniques.

PARENT TIP SHEETS to help parents address questions children may have about Eureka Math at home. Tip sheets are available for each module for Grades K through 8. These tip sheets include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, connections to previous learning, and tips for how you can support your child’s learning at home.  They are arranged in the same sequence as the student homework, making it easy for parents to follow along with their child’s progress.

INTRODUCING NUMBER BONDS

Parents often ask why their children need to learn multiple strategies for solving problems. This video demonstrates the number bond model that is used throughout grades K—5. This is just one of the models students use in the Eureka Math curriculum. It provides another tool for understanding mathematical concepts and problem solving. 

Mental Math Using Number Bonds

We understand that students learn differently. Currently, our math curriculum only offers a singular path to mastery. Our proposed curriculum change allows for the introduction of different strategies and ways of solving problems using higher thinking and conceptual skills. Introducing different strategies for students to use, allows for a greater number of students to master the concepts and develop stronger math skills.

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