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Lunch and Learn brings students, parents together for math lesson

Lunch time at Fairgrieve Elementary School on Feb. 4 provided an opportunity for much more than meal consumption, as students spent time with family members reviewing number bonds and other math concepts.

The Lunch and Learn program, spearheaded by school/home liaison Ariana Suhr, with the assistance of elementary Academic Intervention Services teacher Kristine Kaufman, was designed to give parents an up-close glimpse at the curriculum.

Kate Percival and her daughter, Moira, review math problems during a Lunch and Learn activity in Fairgrieve Elementary School’s cafeteria Tuesday afternoon.
Kate Percival and her daughter, Moira, review math problems during a Lunch and Learn activity in Fairgrieve Elementary School’s cafeteria Tuesday afternoon.

With the Common Core Learning Standards taking hold, Suhr noted that many parents have never seen the learning material as it is currently being taught.

“We’re focusing on math this year just because the curriculum has changed so much and a lot of the concepts are difficult for adults to grasp because it’s just not the way we learned,” Suhr said. “It’s very different.”

While the new curriculum is unfamiliar to some, Suhr said that events like Lunch and Learn can go a long way in bridging that gap.

“It’s nice for the kids because they get to spend some time with their parents. We hear from parents all the time that kids are bringing home homework and they don’t know how to help them with it, so we’re trying to help bridge that gap between school and home so that parents can get a better understanding of what is going on in their kid’s classroom.”