Family Math Day UC Davis Multiple Subject Teachers Make Math Fun
UC Davis Multiple Subject Teachers recently combined recreation
with problem-solving at a special event at Saint Mary’s Church in
Vacaville. More than 100 members of the Spanish-speaking
community attended, had fun and worked together during this
Mathemática Para La Familia (Family Math) celebration.
Many of the activities were practical in nature. They included
measuring attributes, consumer simulations and games that
dovetailed with the procedural fluency that is central the
California Common Core Standards. Good math problems can be as
challenging to an adult as they are to a child, and that quality
made this event a success.
The event was funded jointly by a grant from the Vacaville Public
Education Foundation (VPEF), the Delta Xi Chapter of
International Society for Key Woman Educators (Delta Kappa Gamma)
and St. Mary’s Church in Vacaville. Participants began with a
delicious lunch prepared by local restaurateur Graciela Vargas.
We capped off the day with a literature connection: each child
was able to choose an age-appropriate book from a large selection
of children’s books that were topically connected to math.