Family Math Night

Guam Adventist Academy hosted its 5th annual Family Math Night on Saturday evening, September 24, where more than thirty students together with their families assembled in the Upper Room to learn math facts while playing games and solving puzzles.

Mrs. Vega hands out math night passports during registration.

Mrs. Vega hands out math night passports during registration.

The event started with a devotional, in which the GAA students went to the front to sing fun, upbeat Christian songs. Then Mrs. Larrew shared a math-related sermonette. After closing prayer, led by Mr. Krum, the pre-K and Kindergarten class held their curry dinner fundraiser, prepared with love by Mrs. Lee. 

During this time, registration was also taking place back in the upper room where Mrs. Vega was in charge. At the registration table was the estimation game. Parents and participants wrote down their estimate of the contents of the jar full of heart-shaped sweets.   The winner, the one with the closest estimate, was announced ten minutes before the end of the event.

Mom tests EJ's math facts using flash cards.

Mom tests EJ's math facts using flash cards.

The games and activities started at 6:40 p.m. This year’s Family Math Night featured 8 to 10 fun games prepared by each elementary school teacher, and a collection of puzzles and logic games for middle and high school students. Each registered student received a “passport” for which were stamped every time he or she completed a game. The students’ goal was to finish four games at their grade level, then play an optional fifth game in a higher level. A prize awaited those who completed this goal.

Keani and Dad working on a problem.

Keani and Dad working on a problem.

Students of all grade levels enjoyed the math night. The Upper Room bubbled with mirth and excitement. The pre-K and kinder jumped for joy when their cars arrived at the end of a numbered track before their parents’ cars did. The 3rd and 4th graders were on their toes as they challenged each other in multiplication flash cards. The upperclassmen yawped with triumph when they solved a mind-boggling number puzzle. Ellisa Retumban had the closest estimate for the number of candy hearts in a jar; she took home 1,843 hearts, including the jar.

Indeed, GAA’s Family Math Night was an event of new memories, bonding time, and of course, sharpened minds. So mark your calendar, folks – for next year’s Family Math Night!