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Fridley preschoolers, parents learn at Family Math Night
Posted 12/11/2018 04:32PM


Fridley Preschool hosted its first Family Math Night of the school year on December 4, 2018 at the Fridley Community Center. Over 120 parents and children gathered to enjoy pizza and interactive math-related games. There were 20 different stations available for families and their children to participate in activities such as shaping numbers in play dough, estimating numbers, counting and sequencing - all math skills and concepts that are being taught at the preschool-level. 

“The purpose of Family Math Night is to invite parents into the school to connect with what their children are learning in class,” said International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator Karin Beckstrand. “This event also serves as an opportunity for parents to learn various skills to support their child’s learning at home, which is part of being an IB school, to develop those lifelong skills and interest in learning.”

Beckstrand added that a goal of the event is to show parents various ways to incorporate math into everyday activities.

“This way, math becomes something very tangible and real,” she explained. “There are definitely ways that math can be fun and interactive and it’s important to instill that in our 3- and 4-year-olds early on.”

Fridley Preschool also encourages parent-to-student learning, as research shows that children whose parents are engaged perform better in school.

“We want to engage our students' parents so that they can start their educational journeys with a positive boost,” said Beckstrand. “As an IB Continuum district, we have the advantage of being able to continue to connect with our families as they move into the elementary and secondary-levels. Our goal is to build that strong foundation of education and family engagement early on.”

Located in the Fridley Community Center, Fridley Preschool’s learning experience exposes the district's youngest learners to the International Baccalaureate’s rigorous Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework.

Fridley Preschool will hold two additional Family Night events during the 2018-19 school year. The next scheduled event is February 26, 2019 which will focus on literacy skills and concepts.

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