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    Roosevelt's Kindergarten Math Night Adds Up to Fun for Students and their Families

  • Using Play-Doh, Legos, a simulated Yahtzee game, and craft materials, Roosevelt Elementary School kindergartners and their family members had fun working together on several math-based activities during the school’s first Kindergarten Math Night. 

    Families were handed a primary colored folder with an itinerary of the night’s activities and traveled to five separate classrooms to complete various tasks centered on math skills, such as counting, addition and geometry.

     “We want the students to have fun with math and show families the different ways they can practice math skills with the children,” said Ms. Michelle Squires, organizer of the program and Roosevelt’s academic intervention support (AIS) math specialist who supports the math program for all teachers at the school.

    In an activity called, “Coverall Smash,” for instance, students, with their family members, used counting and number matching skills by rolling a die, finding the matching number on a ten-frame chart and “smashing” Play-Doh on it. In another activity, students rolled a die and moved around a color-coded board to build a structure with Legos.

     “Like games that we play, the fun in learning math is the challenge,” said Principal Ms. Tami McElwee. “The aim is for children to be critical thinkers. This has been a vision for our school and we’re excited that this event is well supported by our parents and families.”

     Families gathered in the cafeteria to make number crowns and hear a brief welcome from Ms. McElwee before disbursing into various classrooms to engage in other activities. Oyster Bay High School students in National Math Honor Society were there to assist the children.

     Jack Burke, the district’s K-12 Mathematics Supervisor added, “Ms. Squires and Ms. McElwee provided a well-designed evening with activities that reinforce the skills the students are learning in the classroom while affording families the opportunity to engage in those skills with their children so they can build on them at home.”

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    Roosevelt families play “Race to Fill the Cup” during Kindergarten Math Night.

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    Families have fun playing Yahtzee.

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    Families get crafty with the “Craftivity Cat” project.

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    Lego towers build skills while playing a game.

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    Families use Play-Doh in the “Coverall Smash” activity.

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    Roosevelt kindergartners show off their number crowns.

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