Math Playground

Fall 2013
1:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Christina White

Who says math can’t be fun? This study group is out to prove that there’s more to math than memorizing your multiplication tables and worksheets. Each week we’ll explore big picture mathematical concepts, like visual-spatial thinking and problem-solving through hands-on projects and discussion.

Sessions may include:

  • Creating models as team
  • Playing with fractals
  • Learning about equations by creating a balance
  • symmetry and tesselations
  • using a beading design to show graphing
  • weaving number patterns

Projects will be geared toward the age and ability of the group. The group is designed for ages 6 and up and/or children who can:

  • Participate in a discussion for 10 – 15 minutes (Discussions will most likely happen while working on the project and not as a separate item.)
  • Work in small groups
  • Follow directions
  • Fine motor skills developed enough to use scissors to cut accurately
  • While not required, single digit addition and subtraction, place value, and skip-counting may be useful for some projects.

Materials Fee: $6/child

Needed: One or two assistants, depending on ages of participants; 1 helper from the clean-up crew for some projects (It’ll depend on the day).