Everyday Mathematics Overview

Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through grade 6 mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and published by McGraw-Hill Education. Every year in the US, about 4.3 million students in 220,000 classrooms are using Everyday Mathematics.

Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing children’s understandings and skills in ways that produce life-long mathematical power. To guide curriculum development, the original Everyday Mathematics authors formulated a set of beliefs and principles based on previous research that showed which methods worked best in other countries and in the authors' own field research.
Based on these principles, the original Everyday Mathematics authors identified guidelines for teaching to help children build a strong mathematical foundation in their elementary years:

  • Move from nearly exclusive emphasis on naked number calculation to developing conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills in arithmetic, data, probability, geometry, algebra, and functions.
  • Link mathematics to everyday situations.
  • Link past experiences to new concepts and provide for ongoing, spaced review.
  • Make considerable use of partner and small-group activities.
  • Include hands-on activities and explorations throughout the K–6 program.
  • Build fact power through daily oral practice, conceptual activities, and games.
  • Encourage use and sharing of multiple strategies.
  • Provide a wide variety of assessment opportunities.
  • Encourage home-school partnerships.

These principles led to the features that guide the Everyday Mathematics program and are a hallmark of its success today. Read more about Everyday Mathematics curriculum features.


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