Professor Viji Sundar of California State University, Stanislaus claims that doing math is more fun than eating ice cream and aims to teach children this approach at her annual math camp.
"My goal is always the same and that is to change the attitude of children towards math and reorient them to see that math is and can be fun. Plus it is more rewarding and makes you feel better in the long run than eating ice cream," said Sundar.
Parents looking to busy their children in a fun and rewarding way this spring break can take them to math camp for two hours each day at CSUS for a study session that aims to engage them in a collaborative way. The curriculum is geared towards second through fifth graders and is structured in conjunction with Common Core State Standard initiatives. Taught by university service students that aim to teach math in the future, the program offers younger students the opportunity to engage on important math information outside the classroom at an instrumental time in their education.
"If you don't catch the students early it can be detrimental to their overall growth. Habits are formed at an early age in childhood and teaching them these lessons before they reach 10 years of age is critical to their development," said Sundar.
Sundar emphasizes the important of proper mathematical vocabulary in the course, as well as drawing connections between math and other areas of students' lives.
For $25, students can attend the camp from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 21-25 at Demergasso Bava Hall on the CSUS campus. Registration and payments are accepted online at: https://www.csustan.edu/math/grants-programs.
Walk-ins are also welcome.