There is a deep connection between moving our bodies and mathematical thinking. Recent work by Carmen Petrick Smith, assistant professor of mathematics education at UVM and Dr. Erik Stern have shown that using movement in math class is not only fun, but also an effective pedagogical tool.
In WLR’s Math & Movement class, students will use movement in learning the math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) along with simple concepts from geometry, pattern recognition, and sequencing.
“When students are acting out a math problem and using their body to help them explain the answer… they have a way to express it using their body that they didn’t have before when they were sitting in a row of desks looking up at the teacher and searching for an answer.” — Carmen Petrick Smith, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Journal of Mathematical Behavior.
The WLR Math & Movement class is for students in Grades 1-3. However, if your child is a little older, but could benefit from this integrated approached to help firm up his or her foundational math skills, let us know and we can add your student to the class.
Math & Movement will be held on Mondays, beginning January 25th, at 10:00 a.m. Click here to register.