Sunshine Math

Derry Village School will once again offer the Sunshine Math program. This program is a voluntary math enrichment opportunity which involves the use of critical thinking and problem-solving skills to find solutions to math problems.

As a parent, your role in the program is to encourage and facilitate problem solving. You may do this by reading the question to your child, illustrating the problems with drawings or objects, and listening as your child shares strategies. Have FUN. It is expected that a student will not be able to complete every problem. It's OK to skip a problem.

Each problem on the worksheet is ranked according to its level of difficulty. The more stars there are beside a problem, the higher the level of difficulty. Students sometimes struggle on the "easy" ones and surprise us on the "hard" ones.

Here’s how Sunshine Math works

  1. Each monthly session, the children who sign up to participate will receive a packet of four weekly worksheets (2 or 3 for Kindergarten) with six to ten math questions on each worksheet.
  2. All worksheets are emailed in pdf format. These worksheets are to be completed at home and should be returned to the classroom by the specified date (in most cases the first Friday of the month).
  3. There is an envelope designated for Sunshine Math in each classroom. The completed worksheets are corrected and returned with a small prize. Since we enlist parent volunteers to review the papers, please have your child write only the first letter of their first name and first 2 letters of their last name on the worksheet, in order to keep their work confidential.

Please look over the problems for the first week and decide whether your child would benefit from participation in the Sunshine Math program. If you decide that you would like your child to participate, please fill out the form below and return it with the completed first week worksheet by Friday, October 25th. If we do not receive back a permission slip from you, we will assume that your child does not want to participate.

This program will be 6 sessions (4 sessions for Kindergarten.) Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this math enrichment activity. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this math enrichment activity. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kelly Kingsley (sunshinemath.dvs@gmail.com) Parent Program Chairperson Dottie Peters (dpeters@sau10.org) Derry Village School PACE Teacher