(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

WGRZ-TV, an NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., does a useful continuing series called Homework Helper that is designed to assist students and their parents to better understand schoolwork.

The series includes a set of 10 videos aimed at helping decipher Common Core math, with this explanation:

The Common Core aims to teach strategies beyond memorization, focusing on pictures, numbers, and words. Some students find the math lessons confusing, and sadly, many parents can’t help them because the lessons are foreign to them.

Watch a video or two and see whether the lessons become any less foreign.
Here’s the video on addition using Base 10 for 1st grade and older:

 

 

Here’s the video for using an “array” for multiplication:

You can see other videos from WGRZ-TV here.