Family Math focuses on parents and children learning mathematics together. It gives parents and children opportunities to develop problem solving skills and to build an understanding of mathematics with hands on materials. Students (that is parents and children alike) will learn how to think about a problem using such strategies as looking for patterns, drawing a picture, working backward, working with a partner, solving a problem by its components, solving simpler related problems or eliminating possibilities. Having a wealth of strategies allows for choices of ways to start looking at problems. We will also learn several mental math strategies and short cuts.
Many different activities will be demonstrated over the three evening sessions at eleven elementary school in School District # 73. Activities are "free standing" for the most part. That is to say, activities can be adapted for many levels and it is not necessary to have attended previous sessions in order to learn from each evening's presentation. Although some parents will attend all three sessions, there is benefit from coming out to even one of the evenings. The Family Math program is a wonderful opportunity to involve parents with their child's development of understanding in mathematics.