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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

Hosting Your Own Parent Math Night Program.

Parent Math Lending Library


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?  or buy them almost anywhere they sell schools supplies or toys.  We like the fishing game from B&B school supplies.  (not an affiliate link)

The Full-Day Early Learning- Kindergarten Program Suggested Activities


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!



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.



These are some active learning games for the hundreds grid.  Created for our Jump2math programs and teacher classrooms.   You can create the grid with chalk or get your own Hundreds Grid.  See below this blog.

Math Station Facilitator ( for Jump2math programs and classrooms )

When the students arrive at your station ask them to sit down (in front of the last line of the grid etc.).

Once seated, briefly explain the goals of the station (e.g., We are going to be exploring the Hundreds Grid with fun activities.)
You may ask the students what they ‘notice’ or know about the hundreds grid. Their answers will help you to know what they know about numbers. Keep this part brief.

Kindergarten Suggested Activities
Warm-up: Ask each child “What’s your favourite number between 1 and 100?” The child tells you their favorite number and then stands on it. They may need help finding the number.

How many?
Materials needed: one bag/bucket with cubes
Each child takes a turn to put one hand in the bag and remove some cubes. They place them down on the floor and everyone counts them out loud together. Once the number is counted, the child places their cubes on the corresponding number on the hundreds chart (e.g., six cubes, count 1,2,3,4,5,6 and then put the cubes on the number 6 on the chart)
Repeat. If the number is already taken, a friend removes the previous cubes so that the new cubes can be placed on the number.



Growing evidence supports physically active lessons while learning in class, researchers say

CBC News Posted: Feb 24, 2016 12:01 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016 11:42 AM ET

Adding jumping jacks and running on the spot to math and language classes helps students to learn, say Dutch researchers, adding to findings on the benefits of physically active lessons. In Wednesday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers compared standardized math and spelling test scores for 499 children who were randomly assigned to physically active math and language lessons or regular instructions for two years.

The students in the physically active group were four months ahead of the others in their spelling and math achievement, Marijke Mullender-Wijnsma of the Center for Human Movement Sciences at the University Medical Center Groningen and her co-authors found.