What Is Everyday Mathematics?

   At St. Josaphat School, we believe students should learn strategies for solving problems and thinking critically.  To that end, we use the Everyday Mathematics curriculum in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and is published by McGraw-Hill Education.  It is a research-based curriculum that focuses on developing mathematical skills in ways that work to build and expand a student’s mathematical proficiency and understanding.  

   There are a few key features that make the Everyday Mathematics curriculum unique.  First, there is a strong focus on using real-life examples to help students make meaningful connections within the classroom and the real world.  Secondly, students are introduced to multiple methods and problem-solving strategies. This not only accommodates different learning styles in the classroom, but also works to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts in students.  Lastly, the curriculum is arranged in a “spiral”. Rather than diving deep into new mathematical concepts, learning is spread out over time. New material is revisited within a grade’s curriculum, and will reappear in later grades as well.  This repeated exposure to concepts and skills allows students to develop skills that are grade-level appropriate, and has been proven to benefit student recall.

   At St. Josaphat, all grades use the newest edition of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum, EM4, which is is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  Along with giving students the most updated version of the curriculum, this edition provides an online component that can be used in the classroom and at home.  With a login code provided by a teacher, both students and parents will have online access to resources and information that are relevant to what the child is learning in math class.  On a child’s classroom dashboard page, students and parents can find the current math lesson, previous lessons and concepts, tutorial videos, a digital copy of the student reference book, additional copies of home links, family letters, and do-anytime activities, and online games that reinforce math skills and concepts.