Parents Crunch the Numbers During Family Math Night

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—If you think simple addition requires a calculator, you’re not alone. More and more people are relying on technology rather than their own brains, and as a new generation matures, the need for math skills - without using a calculator - is just the same as it was 20 years ago. Family Math Night at Greeneview Primary School on Oct. 20 helped parents and children crunch the numbers together.

Sponsored by the Greeneview School District and Cedarville University for the 13th consecutive year, Family Math Night exposes parents and children to learning activities they can do together. Cedarville education majors prepare lessons and set up four math stations throughout the cafeteria. Then participants spend 10 minutes at each station.

Held twice a year, Family Math Night lets families enjoy math activities together with materials they can easily find around the house. One of the goals is to instruct parents in specific ways they can help their children learn and enjoy math. Cedarville students also connect parents and their children to literature about math that they can read together.

“The nights are a way for parents and children to gain confidence in working on math skills,” says Bill Hayes, principal of Greeneview Primary School. At each station, families measure, compute, estimate or solve problems together. Working with math concepts, students build numeracy - an understanding of numbers and how they work. The activities are meant to remind the participants that math is found everywhere in the real world, including our homes.