Making Math Fun Again

With school closures across the country, many parents are looking for activities that they can do with their children to keep the instruction going. At home parents may experience additional challenges. When your children don’t see you in the role of “teacher” it can be hard to take this newly imposed “homeschooling” seriously. So what can you do? Bring back family game night, or family game day! You can view my webinar entitled “Building Success Foundations of Mathematics at Home” to learn more about this and other ways to support your children’s math learning.

There is much research to support the use of game-based learning both in the classroom AND at home. We know keeping children (especially elementary aged children) engaged in the classroom and at home can be a challenge. Math games provide challenge and skill practice in a highly engaging format that makes them WANT to learn and participate. In a blog post published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) by author Kitty Rutherford, who serves as the North Carolina Elementary Mathematics Consultant for the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, Kitty points out that:

“Games are an important tool for learning in elementary school mathematics classrooms:

•     Playing games encourages strategic mathematical thinking as students find different strategies for solving problems and deepen their understanding of numbers.

•     When played repeatedly, games support students’ development of computational fluency.

•     Games present opportunities for practice, often without the need for teachers to provide the problems. Teachers can then observe or assess students and work with individuals or small groups of students.

•     Games have the potential to allow students to develop familiarity with the number system and with “benchmark numbers” (such as 10s, 100s, and 1000s) and engage in computation practice, building a deeper understanding of operations.

•     Games support a school-to-home connection. Parents can learn about their children’s mathematical thinking by playing games with them at home.”

The full post with games can be viewed here:

In addition to the old school games (mentioned in my webinar above) like Battle Ship, Trouble, Monopoly, Uno and Dominoes, there are tons of games available for you to print from online. Today with my own 3rd grader and 5th grader we reviewed our multiplication facts in a super engaging way with the game Knock It Off! I got my version from Dots N’ Spots Based on their facial expressions I think you can tell who was winning! :-)

This particular game requires 12 sided dice which can be a challenge to find. So here are some quick links: Hand 2 Mind via Amazon and Really Good Stuff

If you are going to go through the trouble of ordering 12 sided dice, you may want to be able to use them for other games, right? This blog had some great ideas, especially for higher level math for those of you with intermediate and secondary aged children.

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Building Successful Foundations of Mathematics at Home Parent Webinar

Thank you for attending my session Building Successful Foundations of Mathematics at Home Parent Webinar.  Please find the referenced slides and resources below.  Enjoy!

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Conference Sessions with Naomi Church

July 19, 2019 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM 
Building Successful Foundations of Mathematics at Home
Location: Hilton Tampa Downtown, Esplanade II
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October 3, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
1361-Math for All: Universal Design for Learning in a Standards-Based Classroom
Location: Music City Center, 104 AB 
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October 18, 2019 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM 
1178-Math for All: Universal Design for Learning in a Standards-Based Classroom
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center, Ballroom I
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FDLRS Family Fun with Math Event!

Back by popular demand! We have new dates and host schools for our Family Fun with Math Events for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Families can increase math proficiency in their children by playing fun games at home.  In this seminar, you will learn some strategies, activities & games that you can play as a family to increase student success in math.  Materials to use at home will be provided, supplies may be limited. Register in advance:

Events begin promptly at 6:00pm and last 60-90 minutes. You are welcome to bring your children for active participation!

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Park Springs Elementary
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Lakeside Elementary
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Title I Annual Parent Seminar 2019

Thank you for joining me at Building Successful Foundations of Mathematics at Home at the 2019 Title 1 Annual Parent Seminar. Please find resources from our session below:

New Parent Trainings Coming in 2017!

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FDLRS Reach of Broward County is a collaborative network that supports educators and families by providing learning opportunities ranging from prevention to intervention to maximize student achievement.

FDLRS Parent Services brings you FREE learning opportunities for parents in 2017!

Click here for information on our FREE webinars that you can participate in right from home!

You can also attend in person parent trainings throughout the county!

  • Growth Mindset for Parents will be offered on January 24, 2017 at 6:00pm at Challenger Elementary School.
    • Pre-register for this event by clicking here:
    • This training will focus on how parents can build a Growth Mindset in their children and even develop one themselves.  When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger.  Come learn how simple changes in the way you praise your child can make them into more successful students.  
  • Family Fun with Math will be offered on February 15, 2017 at 9:00am at Arthur Ashe Campus and 6:00pm at Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School.
    • Families can increase math proficiency in their children by playing fun games at home.  In this workshop you’ll learn some strategies, activities and games that you can play to increase student success in Mathematics.