I Love Math Day!
February 17, 2021 | Felicity Greene
On Thursday, February 11, the Sky Class celebrated I Love Math Day. Throughout the week, the children enjoyed listening to stories about math, played various math games, and explored the ways in which math plays a role in every day life.
In addition to all of this, the children learned a new math game taught by an eighth grader at Mustard Seed. On Monday morning, the class received a video of an eighth grade helper introducing herself to the class and explaining what I Love Math Day is all about.
On Thursday, the children watched another video from the same eighth grader teaching the new math game called Roll and Build. To play Roll and Build, players take turns rolling a die, and building a tower of connecting cubes that is equal to the number rolled. After their tower has been built, students look for the matching numeral on a paper, and place their tower over the numeral. The game is over when all of the numerals have been covered by cubes!
“It’s like a whole city!”
“5+5 is 10! I counted on my hands.” “There are six. All I need to do is take one off to be five!”
This game is a fun and engaging way to practice important math skills at home such as number sense, fluency, and subitizing. If you have any of these materials at home (or a set of Legos to use in place of connecting cubes), Roll and Build is a wonderful game to have your child teach you!
Teacher, Sky Class
Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.
Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.
Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.