[Diversity 175] Re: Family Math

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Kate Nonesuch Kate.Nonesuch at viu.ca
Tue Oct 7 02:21:36 EDT 2008

Thanks for posting the link to my family math manual, Daphne. I have a question for people on this list, about my manual and other material like it.
The manual grew out of my work with aboriginal parents in this area who are Coast Salish. (I think the term used in the USA is "Native American"--in Canada we usually say "First Nations.") So the cover art, the story of the beaver, the drawings of the animals on the medicine wheel, and the chart of numbers from 1 to 20 are all based in a specific local culture and language. The illustrations of people doing the activities are much more generalizable to a wider area.

My question is, how is such material received by aboriginal students in other areas, where the art and stories are different? Does this Coast Salish content invite them in, or is it another barrier?

From: diversity-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Daphne Greenberg
Sent: Mon 10/6/2008 9:14 AM
To: diversity at nifl.gov
Subject: [Diversity 173] Family Math
I thought that some of you may be interested in this announcement:

Family Math Fun!

Announcing a new resource: a manual of family numeracy activities,
ready to use in early literacy programs, day care centres, primary
grades and Adult Basic Education/Literacy programs. Patterns, recipes,
and hand-outs all included (109 pages). Download your free copy:

Math for the whole person: Spirit, heart, body and mind are all
connected in the activities in this book. When we balance the spirit,
heart, body and mind, math becomes part of our whole lives, not a beast
or a barrier.

Activities for the whole family: Things to do in the kitchen and on a
walk, rhymes, games, and things to make, all to promote math thinking
and learning.

Please forward to your networks.

For more information: Kate.Nonesuch at viu.ca. Funded by The Office of
Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skills Development

Kate Nonesuch
Career and Academic Preparation
Vancouver Island University Cowichan Campus
222 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC
V9L 6P4

kate.nonesuch at viu.ca

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