More than 250 students, parents, aunts, uncles and siblings visited Leona Cox Community School Wednesday night to participate in the school’s annual Family Math Night.
The event included standards-based math centers and games that reinforced students’ math skills in a fun, game-like atmosphere. It also provided a free dinner to families at the Title 1 site.
“All of them really connect back with our state standards,” Principal Heather Drew said. “For each of our grade levels their job was to pick games that were directly related to their standards.”
At the different stations students and families could build towers and learn about geometry with Legos, play with Bristle Blocks, make arrays using different types of candy, play a fraction game with dominos and playing cards, build geometric shapes with rubber bands on pegboards and code Bee-Bots, small robots for children.
Although the games were selected for specific grade-level standards, students were free to move between centers and explore different math games.
“This year the grade levels were there and the games were out, but we wanted the students to know they could free float between the grade levels and the games,” Drew said. “Students didn’t feel like that they had to go to my grade level, they could move between tables and games.”
This was also the first year the Canyon Country school invited its Special Education Preschool and its Resource Specialist Program (RSP) teacher to participate in the event.
“The RSP teacher had a station that was there, which was so nice,” Drew said. “We really had our entire school population represented this time.”
By allowing students from the entire school to move between the standards-based math stations, students of different grade levels were able to work alongside one another and complete different math games together.
“You would have the sixth graders go directly to the Bee-Bots. At the special ed preschool station, I had a fourth grader with a special ed preschooler,” Drew said. “Here at Leona Cox we really promote that we are a family here and we have a lot of our upper grades working with our special ed preschool as Big Buddies. It was nice to see that intermix at all the tables.”
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