Math hits home for students and parents
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
Forget those boring math tables. Students can have a great time learning math by playing with things like toothpicks, beads and string, cards, beans, Dominoes, crayons, glitter and shaped cutouts.
And that's exactly what students and their parents did last Thursday at Parent Involvement Night at Williams Elementary School.
"Families are having a math build night," said Karla Hutchinson, principal at Williams. "I'm very pleased with the turnout. I foresee this becoming an annual event."
The event, which drew 300 families for an evening of math fun, games, pizza and gifts, began with each child receiving a "passport" to be stamped at each of the 12 math activity booths, such as "Bead Math," "Soup Soup Math," "Awe'sum Elevens," "Math War," "Fraction Dominoes," "Addition, Subtraction Action," "Work It Out;" "Division Go Fish," "Toothpick Math," "Patchwork Math" and "Math Art Geometric Fun."
Completed "passports" were traded for raffle tickets for a chance to win such games as Dominoes, Monopoly and Candy Land, and all of the students received gift bags loaded with math activities to do at home with their families.
Dory Schofield, curriculum resource teacher at Williams, said the gift bags contained specific kindergarten through fifth-grade games with instructions.
Students and their families attending the event appeared to be having fun.
"It's wonderful," said Vincent Brown, a second-grader at the school.
His mother, Brittany Brown, agreed.
"I love this," said Brittany Brown.
"I like that Vincent is learning math and enjoying himself. Whatever tool they give me to help him, I'm all for it."
"It's fun playing games and learning math," said fifth-grader Elijah Ricks.
Chattie Wheeler said she was impressed with the teachers' creativity.
"I'm amazed at all the games you can play and learn math," said Wheeler. She said she will use what she learned to help her granddaughter, Demiya Wimberly, a fifth-grade student.
Christina Williams, who came with her daughter and grandson, Louis Martin, a kindergarten student, said she was very pleased with the event.
"There are so many games I can use with things at home to help him with math," said Williams, adding that using playing cards to teach math makes a lot of sense.
"My mother didn't allow playing cards or anything that could be used for gambling," Williams said. "I see things differently now, and I'm going to go buy playing cards. I have a good reason."
Fourth-grader Kaetiona Wilson said her favorite activity was "Bead Math," an addition and subtraction activity with colorful beads.
"This is all about math and having fun with my family," Kaetiona said.
Robert Angus, a fifth-grade teacher, said the program was successful in getting the students engaged and the families involved.
"It's about learning and it's about community building," Angus said. "I've seen a lot of our students here. We should do this as often as possible."
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