In Discovering Math Across Generations, students learn by teaching. Hands-on activities like active game playing, practical problem solving, and fun math experiments engage students in expanding their mathematical knowledge as they teach math concepts to a child. A student-centered approach facilitates the understanding and application of topics in algebra, geometry, number sense, estimation, logical thinking, probability and statistics as the student works with other family members and children.
Activities with the Math Exploration Partner (MEP) are divided according to the child’s age range, and each week students do several activities with their partner according to their grade level. For example, during week 3, one of the activities includes “Clean Your Plate.” Here students teach their partner how to count using a numerical manipulative, like dry beans. The child rolls a set of dice and pulls aside the corresponding amount of beans until there are no more beans on the plate. (See video below.)
|Above: Lisa Snyder and her 3-year old daughter learn how to count using beans (Video: Betty Lawrence).|