Family Numeracy Times
In other years my school has celebrated Family Numeracy day in May where parents or other family members are invited to come to the school and play math games with their students for the first hour of the school day. This is a great way to engage families and show them how easy playing a math game with their student can be. Once we are allowed parents back in our schools I would like to host a family math time once a month for the last 30-45 minutes of the day in my classroom where parents could come and play math games with us or solve rich tasks with their child or a group of students. I think that by making this a regular part of our classroom culture and sharing numeracy with our families by bringing them into the classroom we can engage parents purposefully as well as model the types of math activities they could do at home with their child.
Problem Of The Week
Each week in the newsletter my principal sends home a different math problem of the week. These vary from estimation challenges, Which One Doesn’t Belong and other puzzles that fit our k-5 school. Families solve these problems together and students bring their answers to the office and are entered in a draw for a prize from the prize box.
Family Math Games
Each week I send a family math game home for my students to play with their families. These range from a bump or other evergreen game boards to new card games that we have learned in class from Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks.
Parent Information Night
I would love to host a math information night in the fall to share ideas with families to help them support their student in math. I would like to tie this in to our meet the teacher BBQ in September and use the ideas from my previous post about parent education nights.