Everyday Mathematics The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project
About Everyday Mathematics

Meeting Individual Needs

How does Everyday Mathematics meet the needs of students at various levels of ability?

Simply stated, the primary goal of Everyday Mathematics is to help more children learn more mathematics. The curriculum expects higher levels of accomplishment at every grade level, but also incorporates features that help make mathematics accessible to all students. It does this by:

  • Connecting the study of mathematics to real-world, age-appropriate contexts
  • Providing multiple avenues for representing and solving problems including the use of manipulatives, tools, spoken and written words, pictures, diagrams, and symbols
  • Incorporating individual, partner, and small group activities that make it possible for teachers to provide individualized feedback and assistance
  • Encouraging risk-taking by establishing a learning environment that respects multiple problem-solving strategies
  • Building in multiple exposures to concepts and skills and providing frequent opportunities for review and practice
  • Providing engaging open-ended activities that can easily be customized to meet the needs of students with a range of abilities
EM for Parents

Everyday Mathematics for Parents: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Succeed

The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project

University of Chicago Press

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Everyday Mathematics Online

With a login provided by your child's teacher, access resources to help your child with homework or brush up on your math skills.

Understanding Everyday Mathematics for Parents

Learn more about the EM curriculum and how to assist your child.