Everyone gets excited when a package arrives in the mail with their name on it – especially young children. Sending boxes through the mail addressed to three year olds is just the first step to the unique way that Math in the Mail helps children to build a positive relationship with math. That positive relationship with math then becomes one of the building blocks for future STEM experiences.
Math in the Mail develops mathematical skills in three-year-olds by providing the tools needed in the home environment for parents, guardians, and other caregivers. Research has shown that young children are eager and developmentally ready to build their foundation of math skills in the earliest years of life. Math in the Mail is designed to make learning those “building block” math skills a positive and engaging experience. “I love seeing my kids explode with excitement when our Math in the Mail arrives!” said Amanda Schoch, whose son, Hagan, receives Math in the Mail. “It has gotten them very excited about math.”
Math in the Mail is part of a region-wide focus to better prepare our students for STEM experiences and careers. This initiative is funded by Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor through the Dow Corning Foundation, and represents a collaboration between the Bay-Arenac ISD, Clare-Gladwin RESD, Gratiot-Isabella RESD, Midland ESA, and the Saginaw ISD. Additionally, Math in the Mail partners with Great Lakes Bay Region organizations and businesses in two ways: providing an opportunity for them to contribute supplemental resources in the kits; and by utilizing their employees as volunteers to assemble the kits. Many such partners have been members of the GLBR STEM Out-of-School Time STEM Network.
Children from Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties can be enrolled in Math in the Mail. Qualifying families will receive a free kit in the mail, six times per year, which contain materials, resources, and instructions for several age-appropriate math activities. A subscription option is also available for families who do not qualify for the free program or who live outside the targeted region. To enroll, families should visit www.mathinthemail.org, or call 989-737-9532. Enrollment is ongoing.
To qualify for the FREE program, families must
- Live in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland or Saginaw county
- Have a three year old child in the household
- Have a household income that is at or below 250% of the federal poverty line and submit proof of that income
Families can also follow Math in the Mail to gain information and ideas that will help them strengthen their child’s preschool math skills.
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