Eight weekly math sessions for parents set to begin Jan. 18

Please note: parents do not need to attend all sessions

Parents may often feel a little overwhelmed when their child asks for help with their homework, particularly when it comes to math.

With that in mind, Lethbridge School District No. 51 has teamed up with a local university math professor to help make math a little less scary for parents.

Joy Morris, a mathematics professor at the University of Lethbridge since 2000, will lead a series of eight evening parent sessions, beginning on Jan. 18 (please note there will not be a session during February's Family Week).

Morris obtained her BSc. in Math at Ontario’s Trent University in 1992, and her PhD from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 2000. With a daughter in Grade 6, Morris has a keen interest in making mathematics less intimidating for parents.

Math drop-in help session for parents are intended to help local parents who wish they could help their child more with math. Parents who may be worried they are passing your own fear of math to their kids are welcome to attend the sessions, along with their kids.

The sessions will help parents of kids in grades 6-9 understand the math students throughout the District are learning in school.

The hope is the sessions will help children improve their confidence, abilities, skills and performance in math.

Parents are welcome to come with specific or general questions about the material their children are learning. Questions can be as specific as, “How should my child answer this homework question?” or as general as, “What is my child learning in Grade 7 Math?”

Kids are welcome to come with their parents. There will also be some activities prepared for anyone who comes without questions in mind, to improve understanding of the material students are learning.

Although the intent for now is to focus on supporting parents to understand how they can help their children with the grade 6-9 curriculum, parents of older or younger students are also welcome to come with questions.

Sessions begin Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at G.S. Lakie Middle School (50 Blackfoot Blvd West), and will run for eight weeks.

Date posted: Jan. 3, 2017