Giv­ing Girls ‘Math Power’

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / FEBRUARY 3, 2010 / - By SARAH PACHECO

Sa­cred Hearts Academy in­vites girls in ju­nior-kinder­garten through fourth grade to a free Math Power work­shop from 8 to 10 a.m. Satur­day.

The work­shop is in­tended to get girls in­ter­ested in math stud­ies at an early age and to pre­pare par­ents on how best to help their daugh­ters suc­ceed in the sub­ject.

“En­cour­ag­ing girls at an early age to suc­ceed in math is a build­ing block for fu­ture school and ca­reer suc­cess,” said school head Betty White.

Girls can par­tic­i­pate in two grade-ap­pro­pri­ate ses­sions: plan­ning a trip to Mex­ico us­ing bud­get­ing skills or cre­at­ing ed­i­ble play dough through mix­ing and meas- ur­ing (grades 3-4); im­ple­ment­ing count­ing, graph­ing, es­ti­mat­ing and other math skills in ei­ther a bowl­ing game or restau­rant busi­ness (grades 1-2); cre­at­ing fine arts and tex­tiles (kinder­garten); and learn­ing num­ber sense and geo­met­ric shapes through mu­sic, move­ment, lit­er­a­ture and ed­i­ble crafts (pre-K).

Par­ents who at­tend the work­shop will par­tic­i­pate in a panel led by Joseph Zil­liox, a pro­fes­sor of math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tion at UH, and learn how math has changed in to­day’s class­room.

To reg­is­ter, call 734-5058, ext. 262, or e-mail ror­togero@sa­cred­hearts.org.

Par­ents also can visit www.sa­cred­hearts.org to sign up or for more in­for­ma­tion.

Sa­cred Hearts first-grader Shelby Wallen de­ter­mines the weight of a pear. Photo cour­tesy of SHA.

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