By the end of her daughter’s first=grade year with Everyday Math, Crystal Intini Alperin was unable to help with homework, she writes on Parenting Without A Parachute.
Everyday Math introduces and teaches mathematical topics as a part of a spiraling curriculum. Topics are introduced, and students are given homework, called Home Links, using real-life practical applications. Mastery is not required because all topics will continually reappear throughout the years and will be presented in many different ways with increasing levels of complexity.
In second grade, daughter Cassie “came to me and slapped down the Home Link from Hell,” Home Link 5-6.
Cassie had completed a household scavenger hunt to find examples of three-dimensional objects. She had found examples for prisms, pyramids, cylinders and spheres.
However after searching our house, she still couldn’t find an example of a cone.
Finally, Mom could help! She suggested the top of a martini glass. Problem solved!
Or not. The homework came back marked in red: “Not appropriate for school.”
Cassie never asked her mother for homework help again.