Ontario’s mathematics curriculum reflects current research and is similar to that
of other high-performing jurisdictions. The curriculum provides instruction to build
mathematical concepts, procedures and skills. It also provides a balance of problem
solving and practice. These types of activities help build the mathematical knowledge
and skills our students need for a successful and rewarding participation in society.
Helping students understand and apply mathematics knowledge and skills is a collective
responsibility of parents, teachers and principals. Students need to learn mathematics in a
way that will serve them throughout their lives. Understanding mathematics can provide
our students with many job and career opportunities. This is why students need to know
why mathematics works the way it does, how to use it with confidence and competence
when solving problems.
Understanding mathematics enables us to:
• Solve problems and make sound decisions
• Perform calculations with ease
• Explain how we solved a problem and why we made a particular decision
• Use technology such as calculators and computer applications to help solve problems
• Understand patterns and trends so that we can make predictions
• Manage our time and money
• Handle everyday situations that involve numbers
Before your child can learn mathematics, he or she
needs to believe in his or her ability to do so. That’s
where you come in. You can be your child’s first role
model for learning. When you engage with your child
in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere, your child will
enjoy exploring the world of mathematics. You are an important partner in your child’s mathematics education.
When you find ways to engage your child in thinking and talking about mathematics,
you are providing an important key for unlocking his or her future success.
Today, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning ability and the ability to communicate
mathematically are essential skills. These processes are the foundation of mathematics
instruction in Ontario schools. They are brought into play as you engage your child in the
activities suggested in this guide.
Enjoy learning together!