Family Math Night

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Teachers and parents together joined for a fun filled Family Math Night in support of students.  The theme was Building Mathematicians, and teachers wore hard hats and construction gear, as part of the serious fun  while building math skills and demonstrating the use of math apps.

The Family Math Night event at Dudley Elementary School In Worcester Massachussetts focused on the use of technology to cement math skills and the ways in which parents can help children build those skills at home.

Throughout the school that evening, families visited   that included activities and challenges in multiplication, estimation, symmetry and geometry.

At each station, parents were encouraged to use the school’s recently installed WiFi to download the math apps their children were exploring.

Family Math NightIn one classroom, students were using an app on tablets to play dominoes.

In the library, state Rep. Peter J. Durant, R-Spencer, read “Grandfather Tang’s Story, A Tale Told with Tangrams” by Ann Tompert.

Cued by the story, students and family members exercised their spatial reasoning by solving tangrams.

Sitting at a laptop, second-grader Blake Norcross, 7, said he likes the puzzle of Chinese origin because “it’s fun” and “it helps me learn.”

The young student readily stepped into the role of teacher when asked to show Superintendent of Schools Sean M. Gilrein how to manipulate and solve a digital tangram.

A tangram is made by dividing a large square into seven smaller pieces: a rhomboid, a square and five triangles. The puzzle pieces are assembled to create a geometric shape or object.

Mr. Gilrein’s task was to make a dog.

With grandmother Donna Recore-Tejada, of Webster, looking on, Blake patiently led the superintendent through the steps to successfully solve the puzzle.

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