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Family Math Workshops
Subject: Math
Grade span: K to 8
Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Family Connections


Family Math Workshops are formal opportunities for parents or caretakers to learn about the types of mathematics that their children are learning in the classroom, activities that can be used at home, and strategies to help them with their homework. Workshops might be led by an invited speaker, teacher, or other expert in the selected topic. Participants in workshops explore these topics in depth through practice and conversation under the guidance of a facilitator. Workshops may also provide opportunities for parents and community members to develop their own mathematical thinking and increase their knowledge of general math skills, while enhancing their understanding of how mathematics is taught in the classroom.

What to Do:

The first step in planning Family Math Workshops is to determine the challenges that parents and caretakers face when they help their children with their mathematical learning. It is important that the parents see the workshop as beneficial to their own ability to help their children learn. Establishing a small group of parents who can assist in the workshop planning will allow you the opportunity to make sure the needs of the parents are being met.

After establishing the needs, key considerations in planning the event include:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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