# MATH-d'Auteuil

Mr. d'Auteuil
dauteuit@trinityvalleyschool.org

TVS Lower School utilizes enVisionMath 2.0 as the foundation of our math curriculum. The instructional model is clear, research based, and fun!  Plus there are many digital resources that will come in handy (an online textbook) and keep your child engaged (visual learning animations & online games).

What is the core instructional model for enVisionMath 2.0?
In recent years, there has been much research showing the effectiveness of problem-based teaching and learning.  It is clear from this research that problem-based learning is THE best vehicle for developing expertise with mathematical practices.  The enVisionmath program is based on this type of instruction, introducing math in the context of solving a real problem in which ideas related to the new content are embedded. Students will have many opportunities to connect their thinking through high cognitive level classroom conversations that are linked to, or directly relate to, the concepts being taught.  Rich, real-world problems are provided throughout the lessons, prompting the kind of thinking needed to be a good problem solver.  A key element to the program is a series of visual illustrations (called the Visual Learning Bridge) that connects students' thinking and classroom discussions about problem solving to the new mathematical ideas presented in the lesson.  It doesn't take research to know that students perform better on procedural skills when the procedures make sense to them!  Much of my focus this year will be on strengthening the students' number sense in order to do more calculations mentally.  This level of mathematical fluency is greatly supported in the enVisionMath program.

How can I help my child at home?
The number one thing you can do at home is encourage fluency of math facts.  Help your child memorize their math facts (or refresh their memory of them!) two to three times per week.  Ask them facts in the car, while waiting in line, or while cooking dinner. If they are having trouble with a few facts, zero in on these by placing sticky notes of the fact on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, or on the bedroom door.  Having a solid foundation of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts will help them tremendously in 4th grade (and throughout their school career).  I can't stress this enough!