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All activities are hands-on and focus on the new CORE mathematics standards. The parents appreciate learning how to help their children at home and enjoy participating in the sessions.
Our Mom and Me Math classes started in October 2011 and continued until spring break in April. We had a graduation ceremony and gave parents certificates and "We Appreciate You!" blue ribbons.
Several times we even had dads take off work so they could participate as well. This sparked enthusiasm with some of my colleagues who also successfully taught a few sessions this year. As a grade level, we plan to expand the program next year to include more third and fourth grade classes.
During these math lessons, a family member can give individual support to the child and learn together as they explore each activity. In a constructivist classroom it is important to give children time to explore and make sense of the ideas rather than just teach, so I model for the parents how to step back a little, and allow the children time to search for solutions, wonder about the concept, and justify their reasoning.