It is that time in our school calendar when pencils and books are replaced with purses and shopping bags. Rowntree Montessori hosted its third annual Math Day “Shop Until you Drop” bonanza, which is yet another exciting day dedicated to learning in a fun-filled way, “Rowntree Style”! Math Day is devoted to stimulating math activities with a focus on the unit of money. The entire upper level of the school is transformed into a mini shopping mall for this entertaining, yet educational event.
The students from grades four to seven are assigned the responsibility of setting up stores, and the Grade Eight students take on the responsibility of organizing the finances, while our Kindergarten to Grade Three students have the privilege of being shoppers! Rowntree Montessori’s Athletic and Academic Council, “RMAAC”, steps up to offer their services as mall security.
As the much awaited Math Day approached, things kicked into high gear, the “Rowntree Dollar” was issued, and with a debit card of forty dollars and an additional forty dollars in coins and notes, the shoppers were ready to take on the day! The halls were bustling with busy shoppers. Store owners stood at their doors, enticing shoppers with coupons and special offers for the day. “Rowntree City Centre” was opened for business and buzzing with excitement! This year, in addition to the ever popular clothes stores, toys and book stores, as well as shoes and accessories stores, Rowntree City Centre opened its doors to a real estate office and an ice cream parlour!
It was indeed interesting to watch how the students shopped; some got through their money even before their shopping spree period had ended! Others were more thoughtful and careful in their spending.
The Grade Eight students did an amazing job of explaining the banking system to our shoppers. Plenty of guidance and advice was offered to the younger students, who were so excited to spend their Rowntree Dollars! Some of them made multiple visits to the bank to top up their debit cards, while others managed to save a few dollars, even after a full day of shopping.
The day’s events concluded with a fashion show organized by the students of Grades Seven and Eight. Apparently, math is not limited to text books, notebooks, tests, quizzes, and assignments, as modelled by our students who were adorned in a variety of mathematical concepts which they incorporated into creative outfits! The fashion show took our school community by storm! The students danced and cheered to the upbeat music that accompanied our runway models and they cruised down the aisle in their mathematical attires!
Math Day was yet another event that clearly succeeded in bringing into focus some inspiring values which we strive to engrain in our students from a very early age: Dedication, Responsibility, Co-operation, Commitment, Leadership, and Unity. As educators and administrators, it is always rewarding to see these values develop as our students guide each other with confidence and ease through the many real-world experiences they encounter in their school lives.
Please click on the link below to see our photo reel of Math Day 2016 accompanied by a Math Rap, written and performed by the Grade 7 class.