by Brianna Coffee, Student Public Relations Writer
Cedarville University students will meet with Cedar Cliff Elementary School children and their parents for the third annual Family Math Night on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5-9 p.m.
The event, which will be conducted virtually, is open to Cedar Cliff Elementary families and the surrounding community. Children in grades kindergarten through fifth are encouraged to participate.
Dr. Lori Ferguson, assistant professor of education at Cedarville University, said the virtual format is in line with the university’s Caring Well. Staying Well. protocols. The event allows students and parents the opportunity to work through math games, puzzles, and problems to help them with their overall math studies.
In the past, Family Math Night took place in stations in the Cedar Cliff Elementary cafeteria. This year, parents and children will enter the virtual math event through either Zoom, Google Classroom, or another platform. The details are not finalized yet, but Ferguson encourages families to save the date on their calendar and be prepared for an evening of learning and family fun.
“Family math night is really meant to get the parents involved in solving math things with their kids,” Ferguson said.
The gathering was motivated by a desire in the school of education to provide new ways for students to engage in environments beyond the classroom.
“One of the other Cedar Cliff professors had a family literature night with a school that we partner with in Xenia,” said Ferguson. “I thought it would be a great idea to try to do a similar event for math.”
Ferguson hopes that the surrounding homeschool community will also benefit from the math night. “The event is mainly for students who attend the school,” she said, “but homeschool families in the community are more than welcome to join our event.”
Cedar Cliff has hosted a homeschool mathematics day in the past, but that was a student-only event. However, this year’s homeschool math day was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the plans are still being finalized, Virtual Family Math Night is sure to be an interactive evening of educational learning and family fun.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.