Oh wow you guys, the moment has finally arrived!
This book took over 3 YEARS to make! I've been bopping around telling everyone it took 2 years but then when I did a bit of quick mental math I realized that I was underestimating! I hope, by the way, that you are all impressed by how much math vocabulary I stuffed into that sentence.
This book is intended to be the ultimate go-to-guide for parents of elementary school students, struggling to understand how elementary school math is being taught today. It truly is an amazing resource.
Our incredible writers, Peggy Golden and Tricia Salerno, put a lot of thought into which topics to include. They created 10 chapters, each of which explains an important topic taught in math classrooms today. These topics include:
Mental Math Strategies
Two Interpretations of Division
and a super informative, illustrated glossary that you can turn to whenever you stumble over a confusing concept, word or phrase in your kids' homework.
Additionally, the book has been very thoughtfully designed to be a REFERENCE GUIDE for busy parents. I was also the art director on this project and, working with our incredible designer Alison Manning Tassio, we made a bunch of design choices to this end. For example, Alison and I settled on color coded chapters. Below is a snapshot of our table of contents, so you can see how this looks in practice:
This color coding system will help parents quickly locate the topic they are looking for, especially on those frazzled nights when dinner is boiling over on the stovetop, everyone is exhausted from a long day at the grind stone, and the math homework still isn't done. Every parent has been there, including myself and the writers of this book!
This book is intended to be the ultimate go-to-guide for parents of elementary school students, struggling to understand how elementary school math is being taught today.
Speaking of color, this book is BURSTING with it. Not only do we have color coded math concepts and chapter topics, we also have oodles of hilarious, entertaining cartoons to keep you flipping through the 212 pages. You've already seen a few of them sprinkled throughout this posts but here's another!
Of course, I need to take a second to acknowledge the writers of this book, Peggy Golden and Tricia Salerno. These two women are experts in their field. They have worked on multiple math curriculums between them, including Singapore Math curriculum (created and sold by our wonderful publisher) and Eureka Math curriculum (the curriculum my kids use in their elementary school). They have also been training teachers how to teach math for years.
I was blown away by the depth and nuance of Peggy and Tricia's knowledge. While working on this book I also served as a reader from time to time. Since I'm a parent myself with no math background, I was a great test subject to figure out what topics needed to be covered and how. In the book's early drafts, whenever I would stumble across a concept or phrase I didn't understand, Peggy and Tricia would patiently explain the topic to me until I got it. This process obviously helped them simplify their writing and figure out where to focus a bit more or less, but it also helped me understand how truly exceptional Peggy and Tricia are as math educators. Working on this project with them was like receiving a crash course in elementary school math. I will be forever grateful to Peggy Golden and Tricia Salerno- two expert math educators- for bringing me in on this project and making it such an educational experience.
Finally, the last amazing thing about this comprehensive resource for parents, is the publisher. Singapore Math was an absolute dream to work with. Their textbooks and math resources are beautiful, their staff is insanely competent and best of all, they are a family-owned company, launched by a family who LOVES MATH!
Remember how I just mentioned that I had a hand in making some early edits on "We Didn't Learn Math This Way", making sure that all of the concepts would be understandable for parents without much math background? Well, after our expert writers spent many months pouring all of their knowledge and experience into the WDLMTW manuscript, the Singapore Math team pored over it AGAIN with a fine tooth comb. I can pretty much promise you that after going through SM's gauntlet of crackerjack math experts and math education mavens, this book will serve parents who are math newbies and math whizzes alike. I'd be willing to bet that even math teachers and math specialists will find all sorts of nuggets of knowledge in these 10 chapters of math goodness.
I am so proud to have been a part of creating "We Didn't Learn Math This Way". I am excited for parents of elementary-aged students everywhere to get their hands on this book and start feeling more informed and more empowered about their children's math education.
Click the image below or go to Singapore Math's website to purchase a copy of this essential math resource!