Many parents keep close eyes on their children’s early development, which is made easy by the numerous resources from doctors, books and online. But, it becomes much more of a challenge to keep track of where your child falls in development of certain skills like mathematics. How do you know if your child is meeting the standards of your state, or what other children his age is are doing?
I know it may sound a little silly when you’re thinking in terms of a preschool aged child, but it’s not so funny when you’re nervously awaiting the results of your child’s preschool screening. I know from experience. Having a resource to help me gauge my kids’ math skills and whether not they’re on track is important to me, but I wasn’t sure how to stay informed.
My sister-in-law, who is a teacher in Illinois, gave me a heads-up about a website that does just that. It’s called IXL.com, and it’s amazing how much information is available for parents and teachers alike. It lays out each state’s standards of mathematical ability from basic counting and number recognition for preschool children all the way up to algebra at an eighth grade or freshman level.
The site itself is actually offers teaching and tracking aids to paid members, but finding out your state’s standards for math comprehension and some short assessment tests for your children are actually free and pretty helpful when you’re curious about your child’s level of understanding. Math is an important skill for everyone to have and being able to see where your child’s strengths and weaknesses are can help you help them along the way.