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2019 News Early Childhood Education Falling In Love With Math Night
October 29, 2019 : Early Childhood Education students organize activities for annual math night

 

Ohio University Chillicothe students enrolled in Professor Jenni Domo’s EDEC 3300 class, Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Education (EDE), organized the 2nd annual Math Family Night at Unioto Elementary School. The event, “Falling in Love with Math”, was held on September 26, 2019. Approximately 35 students and their parent(s) attended.

 

The night was intended for second grade families who are a part of the Union Scioto SCOPES program. OHIO Chillicothe students were specifically charged with creating learning centers that were student-centered while also focusing on the needs of the learners to help bridge learning gaps in mathematics.

 

Participating students received a “pumpkin passport” at the beginning of the event. When a student participated in an activity, the student received a sticker for their passport. Once students completed their passport, they received a completion certificate.

 

Activities included Math Jenga, Racing through the Pumpkin Patch, Coin Bingo, Leaf Equations, Patterns and Pumpkins, Guess the Acorn, Guess How Many?,  How Many Drops to Fill the Pumpkin, and Candy Corn Subtraction, all of which focused on topics such as estimation, multiplication, place value, etc. There was also fall related snacks and drinks that corresponded to the theme.

 

Domo commented, “The event was developed with a fun theme to help families see mathematics in a positive and fun way. Math is not a favorite subject, so if we start early with the kids and their families, meeting that challenge head-on and making it enjoyable and fun, we hope to get rid of the stigma that math is scary.”

 

Several ECE students remarked how involved the families were in the activities with their child, which is very encouraging when trying to help kids learn.

 

“I took my granddaughter to Math Night and was very impressed with how well organized the event was,” remarked Sylvia Metzler, who is also a retired school administrator. “The OHIO Chillicothe students were all very professional and the math challenges at each and every station were not only fun, but required the students to use math skills at many different levels. My granddaughter enjoyed the event immensely; Jenni should be very proud of this event!”

 

OHIO Chillicothe prides itself on the fact that faculty within the ECE program go above and beyond to help prepare students for the future. Part of the curriculum is getting students into the community so that they get hands-on experience as well as network with fellow educators.

 

Here are just a few of the wonderful things that were said by the students involved with this exciting opportunity!

 

“This event was a great way for student to enjoy math while having fun and getting to spend time with their families.” – Amber Watkins

 

“As a future teacher, I am always looking for opportunities to expand and gain experiences. I am grateful for the chance to be a part of Math Night. The event was a great opportunity for students to show/practice their math skills.” – Katie Powers

 

“Math Night was such a fun way to interact with kids and their families. I also enjoyed working with my peers to create an exciting center. I was thrilled to see something I helped create allow kids to fall in love with, not only math, but learning in general.” – Ashton Carver

 

“I loved getting this opportunity. It was so nice to plan this great event for such a wonderful school. Collaborating with my peers to put together this event and attending an after school activity at the elementary school made me feel so excited for the future! Getting to meet the students and playing the games we planned for them, seeing the light bulb come on when they began to understand, then wanting to keep playing with excitement for math really put things into perspective. I love teaching and working with children. This experience was one I will never forget.” – Katy Cutright

 

“The Unioto Elementary Math Night was a great experience for both OHIO’s future educators and fellow tanks. While exploring mathematics activities, we not only learned and practiced current math skills, but we also formed new relationships.” – Carlee Morgan

 

“Math Night provided me an opportunity to work, and improve, on my teaching skills. I think this also allowed us to interact with parents, which is not something we are normally able to do in our placements.” – Bailey Foreman

 

“Math Night was a huge success and the students had so much fun. We all had a great time planning the activities and making sure the night was a success. We want to give Professor Domo a huge “Thank you!” for allowing us to put on a great time for the students.” – Leslie Fout

 

“The Math Night was a great experience! It was an opportunity for us to work hands-on with students who were excited about math. We were able to connect with students and families during a fun, educational activity. We created fun activities to help stretch the students’ understanding of grade appropriate concepts, as well as reinforce teaching strategies we are learning in the classroom.” – Megan Crosier

 

“As a future teacher, Math Night was a rewarding experience that provided insight on how to positively involve families in their child’s education.” – Katie Smith

 

As the first regional campus in the state, the Chillicothe campus has a legacy of being an innovative leader in preparing students for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. Serving our students and serving our region--at OHIO Chillicothe this is a commitment to offering an exceptional educational experience.