Hosting a Family Math Night at your school is an opportunity to build and strengthen positive relationships among home, school and community. It’s an opportunity to see how math is an inclusive, playful, engaging and accessible endeavour.
A great example of this can be seen in our collaboration with the Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) and the First Nation communities it serves. Family Math Nights were designed collaboratively with indigenous instructional leaders, First Nation educational counsellors, school board numeracy facilitators and the Robertson Program/Jackman ICS/OISE team.
First Nation community members and RRDSB educators developed activities – such as canoe symmetry, tangram clan animals, wigwam construction, exploring number patterns through Metis jigging – that raise awareness to geometry and measurement concepts in local cultural practices. School board numeracy facilitators and the OISE team also offered activities that reflect current spatial thinking research.