Math Empowers Parents

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grades K-2 2nd Quarter 2016-2017

Parents' Beliefs about Math Change their Children's Achievement

Jo Boaler, Stanford Professor of Mathematics Education, writes that "...brain research is now showing that messages students pick up from their parents about math and their parents' relationships with math can also change students' math learning and achievement." Read her article at

Math Picture Books

How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Monotti

Children are fascinated with really large numbers! It can be hard to grasp just how big a thousand is, let alone a million. In this story, a couple of kids try to one up each other on the number of jelly beans they will eat. A giant fold out page demonstrates exactly how many they would need to eat should they actually get 1 million jelly beans.

Math Fables: Lessons that Count by Greg Tang

A series of short fables told in rhyme and ending with a moral. Each tale focuses on a different number and features amazing illustrations. This book is not specifically about place value. Rather, author Greg Tang said this book aims to lay the foundation for place value" and as a "first step to building strong computational skills." Find out more about Greg Tang's at

The Rekenrek: Making Number...Making Sense

A Rekenrek is a great tool for counting, addition, subtraction, and discovering number relationships. This video shows how using a Rekenrek can help kids make sense of numbers in a concrete way.

Dice Games

Dice games are fun, versatile and portable! has some wonderful dice games to help reinforce math skills. You can find them here or at the website

Thanks for reading!

Lisa Cashin & Kathleen Gregory

Elementary Mathematics Specialists

Leonardo Elementary School

Krista Keats

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Fairview & Lincroft Elementary School