These days, math is taught as much more than simply memorizing 1+1=2; there are many ways to help your children learn mathematical concepts.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of a Parents Reaching Out grant provided by the Ministry of Education, NLW School Council was able to create PAL – our Parent Activity Library. With input from our teachers, we assembled a collection of games and activities intended to help reinforce early mathematical concepts at home. These aren’t flash cards or rote memorization drills; some of these games may already be familiar to your family; many are probably new; and most can be enjoyed by a variety of ages and skill levels. The curriculum area of focus is indicated on each label – for example, play a fun game of Qwirkle to reinforce the concepts of patterning and strategy.   For a complete list of activities and concepts they support, see the PAL Activity List .

PAL is open to our entire school community, with a focus on primary/junior mathematical concepts.   Parents, students, and teachers may borrow up to 2 games at a time from PAL. Families can keep the games for up to a week, and then return the games to the librarian and choose a new one. PAL is located in the school library, just look for the big blue sign!  With easy to follow games and activities, engaging in your child’s learning has never been so much fun!

To sign out an Activity Kit:

  • Simply fill out the library card on the back of the information sheet located inside the game’s bag. Provide the date and the student’s name.  Place the library card in the card box.
  • You may borrow games for one week (no overdue fines! J )
  • You may sign out 2 games at a time.
  • Parents, students and teachers may all sign out games.
  • Please return the Activity Kit to the librarian once you have finished enjoying it.
  • Have fun!