The curriculum focuses on developing in students a deep understanding of math concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve new and complex problems. Learning activities tap into the intelligence and strengths all students have by presenting mathematically powerful material alive with language, pictures, and movement. Students in a Bridges classroom talk about math, describe observations, explain methods, and ask questions. They are encouraged to find multiple ways to solve problems and show different ways of thinking. This is a vital way to help students build more flexible and efficient ways to solve increasingly complex problems. Hands-on activities engage them in exploring, developing, testing, discussing, and applying mathematical concepts.
How often should we expect homework?
Home Connections, Bridges homework assignments, are provided with increasing frequency as students progress from kindergarten through fifth grade. In the lower grades, assignments are provided about once a week; by fifth grade, assignments are provided two or three times a week. In addition, teachers may send home supplemental practice pages if students need more practice with a particular skill or if there is a desire for more frequent homework.
Home Connections offer a chance for students to practice what they have learned and for families to see what students are doing in math class. Each school—and in many cases, each teacher—determines how often homework is assigned. Please keep in mind that homework is not meant to replace classroom instruction: whether or not homework is assigned, students in Bridges classrooms receive high-quality instruction daily.
How can I help my child?
Bridges Family Support provides resources for each grade level. Simply click your child's grade and find out what your child will be learning for the year. This resource also provides you with unit overviews and helpful Apps.
Letterland was created to teach phonics using a story-based approach for grades pre-k to third grade. The story logic engages students leading to long term retention of concepts. Letterland is a multi-sensory approach that activates every learning channel through music, actions, alliteration, movement, song, art, games and role-play.
The online Parent Guide will provide you with free resources and downloads.