STEM Pipeline Blog / September 9, 2019
MATH IN THE MAIL – Math Fun Delivered Right to Your Child’s Door!
Everyone gets excited when a package arrives in the mail with their name on it. “I love seeing my kids explode with excitement when our Math in the Mail arrives!” said a parent whose son received Math in the Mail during its first year. “It has gotten them very excited about math.”
Sending boxes through the mail addressed to three year olds is just the first step to the unique way that Math in the Mail helps children to build a positive relationship with math. The next step is to make the kits engaging by including a book focused on math and components that promote exploration and play. To help parents and caregivers support children in their early math learning, a set of cards with ideas for activities and information on how the activities help their child build their early math skills are included in each kit. A web page with extension activities and additional resources for each kit is made available on the program’s website, www.mathinthemail.org.
Research has shown that young children are eager and developmentally ready to build their foundation of math skills in the earliest years of life. However, parents may not be aware of how to help their child build those foundational math skills, and may be impeded by their own negative experiences with math. Math in the Mail kits provide the materials and information necessary to make foundational math fun and accessible – for both children and their parents.
Qualifying families receive a FREE kit in the mail, six times per year, which contain materials, resources, and instructions for several age-appropriate math activities. Currently, children from Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties can be enrolled in Math in the Mail. To enroll, families should visit www.mathinthemail.org, or call 989-399-7415. Enrollment is ongoing.
To qualify for the FREE program, families must:
- Live in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland or Saginaw county
- Have a child in the household born 9/1/15 – 9/1/16
- Have a household income that is at or below 250% of the federal poverty guideline and submit proof of that income
A subscription option is also available for families who do not qualify for the grant funded program or who live outside the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Families can also follow Math in the Mail on social media to gain information and ideas that will help them strengthen their child’s preschool math skills.
Facebook – Math in the Mail
Pinterest – Math in the Mail
Twitter – @MathintheMail
Youtube – Math in the Mail
By Lindsay Bryce, Math in the Mail Coordinator
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