Family night shows the fun side of math

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family math Kelani Sharp, 5, plays counting games on the iPad with her mother, Summer McGinley. SOMERS POINT – When you add it all up, math can be a lot of fun. At least that was the consensus of the young mathematicians who brought their mothers, fathers, and even grandparents back to the DawesAvenueSchool library Tuesday evening for the annual Family Math Night.

The students played games like baseball math, penny plate and math top-it – games that, while fun to play, also reinforce some of the New Jersey Common Core math fluencies, according to Dawn Bentivegna, district math coach.

The family night underscores that math is not just for the classroom, but for every day and that parents have many opportunities to reinforce their child’s math vocabulary and skills.

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family math Noemi Tutra, 7, shows her mother, Besa Tutra, how well she knows her math.


  math night Matthew Johansen, 6, and his mother, Shannon, play a round of math top it with Alee Foell, 6, and Steven Rosen, reinforcing their addition skills.


math night Alexander Armstrong, 9, and his mother, Crystal Roberts, play baseball multiplication.


  math night Kaitlyn Boggs, 8, and her mother, Debbie Steinling, plan to try their hand at every math game.


  math night Paige Zappili works with her daughter Elizabeth, 4, on the different ways to count to 10.


  math night Annie Semet, 6, shows her stepfather, Robert McConnville, the counting games her class uses on the iPad.


math night Aiden Solheim, 5, combines groups of fish to count to 10 with his father, Eric Solheim.


math night The library is a hub of activity for the annual family math night at the Dawes Avenue School.




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