HARRISON, N.Y. - Preston Elementary School math teacher Helen Karasoulas said the school's family math and science night helped encourage students to become more engaged in the important academic fields.
"In addition to being a meaningful way to engage parents in the instructional program, this evening also serves to show parents how similar experiences in the classroom help children to develop a deep understanding of mathematics and science, essential learning as they continue in their school careers," Karasoulas said.
Parents teamed up with students last week to participate in various family math and science night activities at Harrison Avenue, Preston and Parsons elementary schools. The focus of the events was to have teams work together to solve various problems and later discuss their findings, the school district said.
Activities were arranged by grade level to best fit the participants and an added scientific twist made for a more dynamic academic approach to the events.
Examples of games were "Four In A Row A Multiplication Strategy Game" or "The $1.64 Puzzle," where participants were tasked with taking four quarters, four dimes, four nickels, and four pennies and placing them in columns so the sum is $1.64. However, the most popular and edible activity was "Marshmallow Geometry," the school district said.
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