Lower school families at King School kicked off their Math Morning celebration with a presentation in the PAC led by math coordinator Jenny Bruno. Bruno emphasized how a King education adds visualization, investigation, and play to the learning process to increase critical thinking, communication skills, and global citizenship.
“At King, we develop strong mathematical thinkers who find problem-solving both challenging and fun,” said Bruno. “It is important for children to have skills to solve problems confidently, make sense of problems, and persevere in solving them. Our math program empowers students to use appropriate tools strategically, attend to precision, look for and make use of patterns, and express mathematical thinking.”
The presentation focused on three important areas of mathematical thinking: how students make sense of math to form a conceptual understanding, how students perform math by applying facts and skills, and how students use math to solve problems in daily life.
“Experts in brain research believe that mathematics is a conceptual subject. It is important for students to think slowly, deeply, and conceptually about mathematical ideas instead of racing through methods they try to memorize,” said Bruno.
“If students were thinking that mathematics was about a set of methods to memorize, they would be on the wrong pathway, and it is critical that we as educators and parents change that,” she continued.
After the presentation, parents were dismissed to join their young mathematicians in the classroom for a morning of engagement and fun. Each classroom from Grades 3 to 5 hosted age-appropriate activities that put learned math into action.
“I had so much fun showing my mom how we use math to operate the robots. We worked together in solving the problems, and it made me feel really proud every time I got it right,” said Giana Mazotas ’29.
Head of Lower School, Dr. Sandy Lizaire-Duff, traveled from classroom to classroom to participate in the fun. “In each classroom, what you’re seeing is students working collaboratively to solve problems using real-world applications of mathematical concepts,” said Lizaire-Duff.
“They’re not doing problems in isolation or only sitting and listening. They are actively engaged in their learning, finding ways to communicate their ideas and applying reasoning to reach solutions with one another. That level of engagement is what makes this celebration such an enjoyable experience for both students and families alike.”