Math + show = fun

It was a night of adding, subtracting and problem solving for the children and parents of Davis Road Elementary School.

Two Davis Road Elementary School students attend a numeracy event on Tuesday

Two Davis Road Elementary School students attend a numeracy event on Tuesday

It was a night of adding, subtracting and problem solving for the children and parents of Davis Road Elementary School.

The Fun with Numbers Numeracy Extravaganza was put on to teach the kids math skills while having some fun.

Kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher, Jenelle Mould, said the night was a way to encourage new ways of supporting math learning.

“There’s a lot of anxiety around math,” she said. “This is to let parents know there’s a way to make math fun.”

Fun was the goal — each math problem was actually a game.

“Lots of the kids will say that tonight they played games,” Mould explained. “They won’t know they learned number awareness or spatial awareness.”

Between 30 and 40 stations were sprinkled throughout the school.

Themes were number sense, spatial sense and real-life problem solving.

Naomi Bibbs attended with her two children, Jade, 9, and David McNab, 6.

She said her children were excited to be there.

“Anything to make math fun is great,” she said.

Mould said another reason for the event is to promote family time.

“It’s about involving the community with the school and forming a partnership,” she said.

As the students played card games, put together puzzles and counted as high as they could, a few older students were doing their part, too.

Student volunteers, Moriah Buffie and Georgia Nicholls, both 11 and in Grade 6 were looking after the front door, greeting everyone.

Buffie said she volunteered because she wanted to help out.

Nicholls said the night was fun.

“It helps you like it more,” she said of math.

The event was Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m.