In partnership with the Micron Technology Foundation, the Idaho State Department of Education, through funding from the Idaho Math Initiative, assembled over 100 Math Fun d'Mentals kits for Idaho's school districts to use when hosting a Family Math Night. The Math Fun d'Mentals kit helps students develop their mathematical understanding through active engagement in fun activities. These activities encourage students to build on what they already know and to verbally express how they know it. The kit also helps to actively engage parents in their children's education.
The kits are currently being used across the state with great success. The following is an example of one such successful Family Math Event:
Post Falls: West Ridge Elementary
West Ridge Elementary recently held their first Family Math Night in early November of the current school year. With approximately 300 in attendance, including a wide range of students from early elementary through upper elementary and their family members, the event was hosted in conjunction with the school's book fair and an informational Apangea Math Night. Volunteers included the school's fifth grade student board and the middle school's National Junior Honor Society. The school used school newsletters, emails, its reader board, fliers with a dinner RSVP, and intercom announcements to publicize the event well in advance. Dinner was provided by Texas Roadhouse for a small $3.00 fee for all in attendance, and information was provided on the Math Initiative-funded, supplemental online math program, Apangea. Changes for West Ridge's next Family Math Night will include selecting activities from the Fun d'Mentals kit that can be completed in a shorter amount of time so families can finish several games and having the middle school students develop their own games to supplement those in the kit.
View samples of the fliers used by West Ridge Elementary below:
|West Ridge Elem - Apangea Flier|
|West Ridge Elem - Dinner RSVP|
|West Ridge Elem - Publicity Flier|
The Department of Education's final assembly of the math kits was in the spring of 2010. The kits are available to your school by simply contacting a kit representative from your area and scheduling a check-out date and time for a Family Math Night. In addition to district kits, we have kits available for check-out through our Regional Math Specialists. If you are interested in reserving a kit for your school's Family Math Night, please visit the Family Math Night homepage on the Idaho State Department of Education website at http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/math/FamilyMathNight/ and view the posted contact list.
Please visit the Family Math Night homepage to view other important information and success stories.