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Family Math Nights: Collaborative Celebrations of Mathematical Learning.



FAMILY MATH NIGHTS: Collaborative Celebrations
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 of Mathematical Learning. Lachance, A. Teaching Children Mathematics, 2007, 13(8), 404-408. Lachance describes a family math night as "something like a school carnival carnival, communal celebration, especially the religious celebration in Catholic countries that takes place just before Lent. Since early times carnivals have been accompanied by parades, masquerades, pageants, and other forms of revelry that had their origins in  with mathematics as the theme" (p. 406). This article is about getting family math nights started in any school. Lachance tells of her experience having her undergraduate elementary education elementary education
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 mathematics students work with schools to plan and implement a family math night. Each undergraduate student in her class develops a game to teach during the family math night, decorates a table with the game, and provides directions and any items needed to play the game.

The school contact is responsible for reserving rooms for family math night and inviting families to attend the event. When the families arrive, they are given a family math night ticket to help keep track of the different games they play. Family math night can be an exciting event for parents and students when they can "learn about mathematics together in an informal and supportive setting" (p. 407).

While family math night is one great idea for involving participants in learning together, Lachance does not address the changing family dynamics of today's schools, such as families with various income levels, transportation difficulties, divorced parents (and subsequent custody issues), single parents, and other family situations. Readers of this article are advised to be considerate con·sid·er·ate  
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Author:Scholl, Kara
Publication:Childhood Education
Date:Sep 22, 2007
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