Thursday, March 24, 2016

Family Math Night - Directions and More

Last night's Family Game Night was a huge success with over 150 families in attendance.


We hope you were able to get a few new ideas for bringing math into your home in an easy and fun manner.
Below are the directions to the centers that each family rotated through on Wednesday night.  


Enjoy, and have fun thinking about math together!



Preschool and Kindergarten Activities: 

  • Counting and creating with Legos  
    • roll the dice, take that number of Legos and build a creation. Continue and compare two creations using words like taller, wider etc...
  • iPad Monster Squeeze
  • BINGO
  • Weight Watchers 
    • Hold two objects in your hands thinking about which is heavier.  Then weigh.  Was your prediction right?
Gr 1:

  • BINGO:
  • Measuring with Legos
    • Pick up a Lego and measure various objects such as your hand, a book, the table with the Lego.  Record and compare lengths. 
  • iPad Addition Top it  
  • Salute
  • Pico, Fermi, Bagel 









Friday, March 18, 2016

Family Math Night

McGovern School will be hosting their annual Family Math Night on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.   There will be two sessions, one for families of preschool and kindergarten aged children from 5:30-6:15 pm and a second session for families of first grade children from 6:45-7:30 pm.  

This year we will once again set up a variety of centers filled with activities to stretch everyone's mathematical thinking.  


We hope you can make this great family night of fun and numbers!


Check back here next week for photos and game directions from the evening.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

March 2nd marked the 102nd birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss.  The McGovern School children celebrated with zany Dr. Seuss like activities including a reading of his first published book:  And To Think I Saw it On Mulberry Street.  The book tells the story of a boy with a grand imagination and wild sense of story.  

                                                                                                          Image cortesy of: https://www.flickr.com/photos/suzymushu/3323912148


Dr. Seuss inspires many of us to think about being creative and silly.  And in our busy, structured lives it is easy to overlook this important but much needed skill.
Here are a few ways you can help foster imagination and a creative spirit. 
(From Parenting.com)

1. Tell stories - Mix things up at bedtime or anytime and enjoy creating made up funny stories.  Take a common experience and twist and turn it to create a new version! Most of all have fun and laugh!

2.  Make art - use paint, crayons, markers or whatever suits your fancy.

3. Use natural or generic materials - Who doesn't love a big box to carets a fort or space ship?

4. Foster a Sense of Inner Space - foster a sense of creation instead of consumption.  

For more specific ideas head over to:
http://www.parenting.com/article/10-easy-ways-to-fire-your-childs-imagination-21354373