Manipulative Aids Taken Home
Kindergarten teacher Lynn Donley of Elms Elementary School (Ocean County) has developed an exciting hands-on approach to learning mathematical concepts through play, exploration, investigation, and parental involvement. Through an NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education grant of $1,237, fifty Kindergarten students at Elms Elementary School will participate in the MATH Packs project, which consists of eight backpacks, each addressing a different mathematical concept. Each pack contains manipulatives, activities, supplies, a materials list, a letter to parents, and the child’s personal math journal. The math journal will include one or two relevant questions that reinforce what the child learned. Initially, children may draw their responses. As the year progresses, they will learn to answer in sentences.
Parents will be introduced to MATH Packs at Back to School night. MATH Packs will be sent home with children on a rotating basis. Each child will have a MATH Pack for several days. Discussion of MATH Packs will take place weekly during “Circle Time.”
For further information contact:
Lynn A. Donley