A kindergarten through fifth-grade “Family Math Backpack” program was started recently at Custer Elementary School to help students learn difficult math concepts. Custer staff developed grade-level materials targeting particularly challenging Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math.
In Ronda Siebert’s first-grade class, a different student takes the backpack home each night. The backpack is filled with various math games and activities for students and their families to complete together. The student takes notes and reports back to the class the following day which game or activity they liked best.
“My family and I really liked the teddy bear math game,” said first-grader Khyree Parada Brown. “It was super fun!”
Custer’s librarian Lori Eakman came up with the idea to help reinforce some math concepts. Caring for Kids, a nonprofit Lakewood organization that supports children in the community, donated 14 backpacks for the program. Clover Park School District’s compensatory and student services departments provided materials for the backpacks.
“The idea is to support the child’s math achievement in a fun way for the whole family,” said Eakman.
CCSS were implemented in every school in Washington state this school year. These high learning standards in math and English language arts are designed to better prepare K-12 students for success in college, work and life.