Delaware Primary School students took on the challenge of solving One Million Math Problems between January 6 and January 18, 2017. On January 18, students celebrated with a Math & Movement Family Fun Night! The Family Fun Night is generously sponsored by Dryden Mutual Insurance Company. Materials for classroom use were provided by the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. Community businesses, families, and individuals were invited to sponsor students in the math-a-thon for a penny per problem. Delaware Primary School is located at 900 South Geddes Street
The math-a-thon kicked off at the January 6 Community Meeting. Principal Eliezer Hernández says: “The Delaware School Community is excited to be partnering with Math & Movement as we embark in this historic One Million Math Problems Challenge. This is a great way to kick off the year 2017.” Throughout the math-a-thon, students engaged in the kinesthetic Math & Movement activities to support developing fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, time, and more. The combination of math problems challenged the students as they returned from holiday break and began preparation for state assessments.
Families from Delaware Academy and Delaware Primary Schools in the Syracuse City School District participated in a unique family event to bring movement and fun to learning math and reading. The nationally acclaimed Math & Movement™ program is a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching math and reading that incorporates physical activity with visual stimuli created to make learning fun, active, and memorable. The program utilizes specially designed floor mats and banners that enable students to hop, walk, crawl, or dance their way to mastering math and reading concepts.
During the Family Fun Night, parents and children moved from station to station, learning the math activities while completing a Math & Movement activity guide. Older students, who will man the stations, will improve their own math skills through helping younger students.
Eight out of ten children are kinesthetic learners (learn best through movement.) The program harnesses children’s natural kinesthetic learning style to foster positive feelings towards learning. The program is based on research that shows that moving during learning facilitates muscle memory, an important factor with younger children whose abstract thinking skills are not fully developed. Studies show this type of activity allows teachers and students to feel more energized, focused, and prepared to learn. At a time when there are 12 million obese children, physical fitness has become a matter of national urgency. As U.S. Senator Chris Dobb has said, “All of us—parents, schools, government, employers—need to see the rising childhood obesity rates for what they are: a medical emergency.” Math & Movement promotes physical activity while simultaneously increasing learning. The end result: physically fit children and increased test scores.