This year we are using Bridges in Mathematics, a K–5 math program that will help us meet the new standards and make math meaningful and exciting. In second grade, students focus on addition and subtraction, place value, shapes, and length measurement. Throughout the year they: 
* Become fluent with addition and subtraction facts with numbers to 20 

*Add and subtract with numbers up to 1,000 

*Measure length and solve problems involving lengths 

* Identify, describe, compare, put together, and take apart shapes 

       When you are helping your child, the math might sometimes seem unfamiliar or different than you remember, but there are many ways you can help! 
*Invite your child to talk about the math by asking questions like, “Did you do a problem like this at school? How did you think about it?” 

*Focus on the pictures. Bridges uses visual models to make the mathematics accessible to all learners. Talking about the pictures is a great way to get started. Ask questions like, “What do you notice about this picture? Where do you see the numbers in this picture? Can we use the picture to help solve the problem?” 

*Get more information and ideas about how to help your child by visiting this website for families: 
By being open to learning and talking with your child, you can help your child develop strong skills and a love of math. 
       In addition to the program, students will be practicing addition/subtraction facts on an online program called XtraMath.