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3Jan2019

Family Math Night Ideas – Kinesthetic Learning

Quick Quote Inquiry

The Family Math Night presents a great opportunity for elementary school communities to come together.   It brings to light the critical topic of Math and the future of our national economies.

This may sound like a big stretch to connect our student’s math scores with the future of our country’s financial well being.  Follow my reasoning for this and you’ll see I’m not exaggerating the importance of this topic.

Let’s look back to the ’60s and talk about a country called Singapore.  Back, then, they were one of the poorest nations on this planet. The level of education was as expected at a third world country. For the purpose of brevity, we’re going to skip to the 1980s when Singapore decided to create their own education system based on the philosophy and teachings of a handful of world-class educators and scientists.  

Singapore math results

By 1995, Singapore’s students were ranked first in Math and Science based on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study ( TIMSS ). Today they are still in the number one spot.

In the most recent PIRLS results, they were also ranked number 2 in the world for International Achievement in Reading.  I think you get the point. The teaching methods they created in the ’80s have paid off in spades. Singapore is now the darling and the benchmark of the worldwide education community.  

How is this relevant to our economy?   It just happens that Singapore, since 1960, has catapulted from one of the poorest nations to the 3rd or 4th wealthiest nations in the world today ( depends on whose study you read ).   They would be the wealthiest nation if they had the oil (richest country Qatar) has in the ground. Here’s where Geography comes to play and the old adage, location, location, location.  

I think most of you get my point.  There is a direct correlation between math, science, language scores and the socioeconomic success of a country. Especially one that can’t rely on pulling natural resources from the ground for its economic health and welfare.  

What does this mean for your school community?

We know that teachers and district/board level administrators understand the need for improving our math scores. Students, parents and their communities need to know the importance as well. What better way to accomplish this than by bringing everybody together at a Family Math Night?

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What is Jump2Math and what can it do for your school?

Jump2Math is one of a kind approach to engaging students in Math with the WHOLE BODY, AUDITORY, TACTILE and VISUAL learning.
Our program takes many cues from Singapore Math and the science of full body learning.  Our family math night does not use technology, arts, crafts or pen and paper.
Kinesthetic Math, Physical Numeracy and Movement based learning are some of the words used to describe our program.

The benefits of this type of learning have been covered by numerous articles, studies and journals already. 

How to get kids to say “Math is fun!”

It’s really simple.  

First, provide your students with larger than life games.

Second, combine physical movement.

Third, include opportunities for collaborative learning (team play)

Quick Quote Inquiry

Jump2Math crews have visited more than 300 schools in the past two years. We have worked with more than 100,000 students so our results are based on a very broad cross-section of the elementary student population.  Students from Kindergarten-Grade 6 participate with their parents at a Family Math Night. Intermediate students (Grade 7/8) facilitate the program and gain valuable leadership, communication, social skills and let’s not forget math!

ALL students can learn and feel successful with math

Our programs are very accessible to students with mental and physical disabilities.  We always receive excellent feedback from occupational therapists and special education teachers.  Students in wheelchairs actively participate as they travel with their group from station to station.

#Kinesthetic Family Math Night Ideas

I’m from outside Ontario, Canada but would like to host our own ULTIMATE Math Night!

All you need is a gym or a large multi-purpose/activity room to host your own Family Math Night.  Depending on the size of the gym and number of games you decide to set up you can have anywhere from 20 – 300 families participate.

Want to host your own family math night?

Family Math Night Kits are a perfect choice if you want a large turnout.  Schools from across North America request our kits in multiple languages.  Visit our Math Shop for more details on languages. Here’s an awesome video on how much fun students, parents and facilitators will have at your event.

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Math games for kids anytime.  Anywhere.

You can host a Family Math Night regularly ( monthly, seasonally, each semester).  Not to mention, teachers can continue math learning in their classrooms throughout the entire year!

Many schools have also set up a permanent Jump2Math room in their school for year-round engagement.

Smaller schools and communities can share the Jump2Math program with other schools in their area, district or board.

We provide your school with an extensive collection of games and activities for a perfect Family Math Night program.   In addition, we will also send you a logistical checklist and suggested itinerary for hosting your event.  This a result of our own experience of visiting more than 300 schools with our program. Teachers love our games and want to play them at their school.  Reach out to us and receive our most popular games in your inbox.

Schools in the Province of Ontario, Canada have another exclusive option.  Our experienced crews will visit your school and engage your entire elementary school community with one of our hosted Math Night Programs. Both programs are available in English or French.

Similarly, we have a super popular day program that visits schools throughout Ontario for an even more advanced introduction to the Jump2Math movement based math learning program.  For more information about engaging your school, let us know how many students will be participating in our Quick Quote Form.

 

#Kinesthetic Family Math Night Ideas

18Nov2018

Schools and institutions can now transform their hallway, room and gym floors into sensory paths.  Students are able to release energy and tension by travelling through a series of physical movements like hopping, skipping, balancing, jumping and stretching while improving their ability to learn.   Our floor decals and port-a-paths help children deal with anxiety or overstimulation and can even engage them in literacy and numeracy at the same time!

 

WILD WALK SENSORY PATH

SEE THE SUGGESTED HALLWAY LAYOUT HERE

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Suggested Layout

Dinosaur Sensory Floor Stickers

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Jump and Sea Suggested Layout

Sensory Path Floor Decals – Jump And Sea

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Portable Forest Jump Layout

Portable Sensory Path – Forest Jump

portable sensory vinyl mat

 

 

Nature Hop Suggested Floor Layout

Sensory Floor Decal Set – NATURE HOP

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NATURE HOP DECAL SET

Sensory Path Design #1 (Alphabet and Numbers)

Sensory Path Design Ideas: Students:

  • Use the activity log stickers (stomp, clap, hands up) to decide how to move on the alphabet line.
    • Optional: students can create a list of other ways to move on the alphabet e.g., sidestep, left foot, jump, tiptoe, snapping fingers etc. Words can be written in English, French or Spanish.
  • hop along the letters of the alphabet in order
    • Optional: do not hop on the vowels
  • Follow the leader. One student begins moving on the alphabet and the students follow. Examples may include skipping over certain letters, clapping when on a vowel etc.
  • hop along and clap two times/touch toes when they come to the letters in their name
  • try to think of a word for each letter in the alphabet
    • Optional: charts can be posted along the wall so that students can list words that begin with certain letters.
  • Spell a word: hop along to spell a word from an index card or picture
    • Optional: work with a partner to decide how many hops it takes to spell a word e.g., CAT  [ 3 hops to the letter C, 2 hops to the letter A, 19 hops to the letter T = 24 hops in all ]
  • Match a letter. Students pick up a card with a lowercase letter and find the matching uppercase letter. Letters can be written on index cards, plastic spoons, or popsicle sticks.  
  • Follow a pattern for moving along the alphabet line e.g., left foot, right foot or hop, hop, touch toes.
    • Optional:  Create a pattern moving along the alphabet line for a partner to guess
  • Create rhyming words.  Write pattern words on index cards and ask students to hop along the alphabet to make rhyming words. For example, beginning with the word hat, students can hop along to make the following rhyming words: bat, cat, fat, mat, pat, rat, sat, and vat.  
  • Guess the hidden letter. Ask a student to sit cross-legged on a letter to hide it. Students take turns guessing the missing letter. If correct, the student chooses a letter to hide.

 

Using the numbers:

Students:

  • Hop along the numbers and say the numbers from 1-10 or 10-1.
  • Can answer grade-appropriate math questions. Examples may include:
    • Start on the number  8 and count backwards to 1
    • Start on 3 and add 3
    • Start on 9 and add 1
    • Start on 5 and subtract 2
  • Clap/snap when they are on the even numbers
  • Students can be given a number sentence and move to the answer. For example: 2 + 3 =  or 8 – 5 =

 

Game: Just Do It!

Create some index cards that work with your sticker floor design. For example, using design # 1

Here are some examples:

  • Place your left foot on D and your right hand on 4
  • Place your right elbow on the letter M and your foot on the letter O  
  • Find the letter that is between S and U. Can you think of a word that begins with that letter?
  • Tiptoe to the letter H and say three words that begin with H

Students can create some of the challenges. Make sure that they demonstrate that their challenge can be followed safely.

Sensory Path Design # 2

  • Students hop on the numbers from 1 to 10 in sequence using the rock stickers to get to the next number. Be careful not to fall into the water!
    • Optional:

           Students:

      • hop on the numbers counting backwards from 10 to 1.
      • hop on the numbers as they are called out by a leader e.g., 6, 2,3.
      • move to the number that answers the number sentence e.g., 6 + 4
      • hop on their house/apartment number
      • hop on the numbers in their phone number.

 

  • Game- Number Hop and Stop!

Needed: index cards with exercises {jumping jacks, head rolls, touching toes etc.} and music.

Students walk on the numbers while the music is playing. When it stops they must stop on a number and follow the leader’s instructions. If the card says “hop on your left foot” the student must look at the number that they are standing on and perform the action that many times.

  • Game: Answer It!

Needed: index cards with the numbers 1 to 10, music, and grade-appropriate questions. Students move along the numbers and when the music stops the leader calls out a number, for example, 8. The person on number 8 must answer a grade-appropriate math/language question to continue in the game. If they can’t answer the question they must run/hop around the circle five times. (Adjust as appropriate.) Repeat.

 

Sensory Path  Design # 3

Arrange the coloured arrows in the hallway so that students can safely move from one to the next.

 

Challenge students to:

  • Hop on one colour to the end.
  • Hop in a pattern e.g., orange, orange, blue, orange, orange, blue or blue, yellow, purple,  blue, yellow, purple. Repeat until the end. This can be teacher let or student created.
  • Choose one colour for their left foot and another for their right foot and hop to the end.
  • Choose one pair of colours in the first row and a different pair in the second row. Repeat until the end. For example orange, yellow- blue yellow.
  • Follow directions. For example: stand on the blue arrow in row 1, move up 3 arrows, move to the right 2 arrows, and move up 2 arrows. This can be done orally or the directions can be on cards.

 

Hallway Sensory Path from Jump2Math on Vimeo.


10Apr2017

Parent Engagement in Ontario Schools – Parental involvement is key to math success

Parents are a positive force in helping their children learn math.

Key Points to Parent Engagement in math

    1. Discuss math class at home and encourage your child to talk about the math concepts that he/she is learning.
    2. Don’t ask “How was math today?”.  Instead, ask them to tell you about one thing they learned in math class today.  Be excited to learn more!
    3. Always talk positively about math even though you might not have had a positive experience when you were in school.
    4. Always reward their effort in math rather than focus on their grade.
    5. Play math games!  We have created home sized math games to learn math concepts while having fun.  These games are often played with the whole family!
    6. Read books together that incorporate math.
    7. Participate in a highly engaging Jump2math Family Math Night at your school.

We have 3 different ways to engage parents and your community with Jump2math.
We have created Pro grant templates below for Ontario schools:

Jump2math Parent Math Night Program visit to your school
Template

Hosting Your Own Parent Math Night Program.
Template

Parent Math Lending Library
Template


8Apr2017

Kindergarten Kinesthetic Math Games Ideas Activity Mat

The Adventure river is always packed (junior grades sneak in too!) at our Family math nights and many kids don’t want to leave this station during our Jump2math Day program.

The kindergarten ideas for games and activities are almost endless with the Adventure mat.   Here are just a few active games for kindergartens we use in our school programs.
You will need some magnetic rods and fish.  Why not make your own fishing game?

The Full-Day Early Learning- Kindergarten Program Suggested Activities
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Warm Up:

Let’s go on an adventure!

Pretend to put on boots, sun hats, and sunglasses and play follow the leader around the river and over the bridge. Remind students to stay out of the water. Stop a few times as you walk around to talk about what the students see. Have fun!

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The kindergarten ideas for games and activities are almost endless with the Adventure mat.   Here are just a few active games for kindergartens we use in our school programs.

18Mar2017

These Pizza Fraction game activities were created for our school Pizza Fraction mat (see at the bottom of this post)
– Pizza Fraction game activities

This first game is our most popular game for grades K – 8.   You will find all kids that participate in this game will want to play it over and over again.

Pizza Delivery

Organize 2 teams.   Place half your pizza boxes right side up and the other half upside down in the middle of the pizza mat.
NIGHT DELIVERY – Their boxes will be upside down (showing the black side)
DAY DELIVERY – Their boxes will be right side up (showing the lighter side)

Instruct kids to stand on any one of the squares outside the pizza mat and either hop, skip, or jog around the mat.   When you call PIZZA!  one child from each team will rush to the middle and grab their pizza box.
Call out the fraction they need to place their pizza box on.  The first team to place their pizza box on the correct fraction gets to keep their pizza box on the corresponding pizza.   All team members help each other to find the fraction.  Fraction problems cards can also be used in combination of calling out fractions.
This game can be played until there are no more pizza boxes or the time limit is up.

 

Math Station Facilitator
Station: Pizza Fraction Math: Grades 1 and 2

1. When the students arrive at your station ask them to sit down along the side of the mat so that they can hear your explanation of the activity.
Find out their current grade so that you can choose from the menu below.
Once seated, briefly explain the goals of the station (e.g., We are going to be having fun with pizza fractions).
You may ask the students what they ‘notice’ or know about the fractions. Listen to one or two responses.

  • We want to ensure that students have fun while learning. Always allow the students time to respond/answer but help them if they need assistance. Some students may have difficulty with a concept and we never want them to feel ‘helpless’.  Other students may be paired with someone who needs extra assistance.
  • Always use ‘math language’  as appropriate for the grade level.

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