Math Night teaches parents how to help their child

MANISTEE — Many parents love to help their children out with their homework to make sure their child is getting the most out of their education.

Teachers, students and parents recently took part in a Math Night event at Kennedy Elementary School. The purpose of the event was to teach parents different exercises they could do at home to improve their child's math skills.

Teachers, students and parents recently took part in a Math Night event at Kennedy Elementary School. The purpose of the event was to teach parents different exercises they could do at home to improve their child’s math skills.

However, with the changes that have transpired in the math curriculum in the past few years, it leaves many parents frustrated in what they can do to best help their child.

At Kennedy Elementary School, officials recently held a Math Night that was designed to give parents of third through fifth grade students the tools they would need to assist their child in their math studies.

“Math night is an opportunity for our parents to work with our teachers and students to learn the math recovery type of games (exercises) we have been doing in school,” said Kennedy principal Kevin Schmutzler.

Math recovery is something students do after they may have struggled in their first attempt to learn the concept. To try and bring them back up to speed with the rest of the class the teachers and administrators have instituted a series of math games that address those shortfalls.

Bringing the parents up to speed on what is being done gives them the opportunity to work with their child at home.

“Right now there is six stations and they are rotating every 10 minutes so parents can learn how all of them work to sharpen their math skills,” said Schmutzler during the event.

Schmutzler said in the past they have held similar nights that include addressing all subjects, but this year they transitioned to do a fall reading night with six or seven stations to assist students in that skill and last week they are doing the same thing for math only a little more in-depth.

The stations they held were for place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and IXL & Seesaw, which are computer programs to assist students on their iPads.

“We think it is important to read with your kids at home to help them with their reading and it’s just as important to do these type of games to strengthen their math skills with their kids,” said Schmuztler. “It is a great way to spend family time together.”

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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