Sylvan's scoop on what you need to know about "new” math, also referred to as Common Core math, for elementary school.

You’ve probably asked yourself many times: “Why is my child’s math so different than when I learned it in school?” If you’ve been confused with how the “new” math works, you’re not alone! Students are being deliberately taught new strategies that are focused on having them answer the question “why” more so than when you were in school. It’s an important life skill.

Learning to prove something with the power of being able to say “I know this is true because…” is a powerful skill to have.

The amazing thing is that children are now learning these skills early on in elementary school!

We’re here to help you not only uncover why math looks different, but to help you actually understand some of the techniques used in today’s classrooms. Check out these helpful tips and guides to understanding the new ways math is taught.


Addition Table


This table will help your child with early counting skills, and also includes a blank table or he or she to fill out.


Computation Strategies


These sheets contain different strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division that your child might encounter, including a number chart, rounding techniques and more.


Coordinate Plane


Print out this coordinate plane to help your child with graphing.


Divisibility Rules


These guidelines will show your child different numbers that are divisible within each other.


Double Ten Frame


Your child can fill in this blank double ten frame to learn different ways to make sums of 10.


Elapsed Time


These activity sheets will teach your child how to determine how much time has passed using analog clocks and number lines.


Fraction Review


These sheets will teach your child about all things fractions, including finding equivalent fractions and mixed numbers.


Hundred Board


This table will help your child find different ways to add to one-hundred.


Key Words for Problem Solving


Take a look at these different key words that will help your child when it comes to solving math problems.


Long Division Frame


Your child can fill out long division problems on this chart.


Measurement Conversion


These sheets will help your child convert and determine the equivalents of different measurements, including metric to metric, metric to customary, unit conversion, time and more!


Multiplication Table


Your child can practice his or her multiplication skills with this helpful table.


Number Lines


These number lines will help your child determine different quantities.


Place Value Chart


This chart will help your child learn about the place value of the digits in numbers.


Problem-Solving Process


Your child can go through these steps of solving a math problem to ensure success.


Problem-Solving Strategies


These different techniques will be helpful methods your child can use to solve a problem.


Rounding Strategies


Your child will learn how to round to the nearest ten, hundred and whole number with these worksheets.


Telling Time


Use these blank analog clocks to teach your child how to tell time.




Use these thermometer graphics to teach your child how to read temperature.