Welcome to Crazy 8s Math club, which is no ordinary club and neither is it just about math! This is “an over-the-top after-school club that‘s designed to get kids fired up about math”. It is a club where kids can “build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…and make friendships at the same time.”
Coaches Megan Liberato and Andrea Miedema are up for the challenge! Three clubs are currently running at the Orange City Public Library. Two clubs for Kindergarten-2nd graders run on Wednesday afternoons and one club for 3rd – 5th graders runs on Thursday afternoons, with a total of about 35 kids registered between the three clubs.
You might be wondering what kind of crazy fun these kids are having. The first day of club was called “Glow in the Dark Geometry”. Shapes and even entire apartment buildings were sculpted and came alive when the lights were turned off! Kids also built musical instruments, participated in toilet paper Olympics, broke secret codes, launched marshmallows, and much more!
Crazy 8s Math Club was launched at the Orange City Public Library last fall, with Coach Megan and Andrea running Season One of a four season program. The entire program is about 32 weeks, but will take place over a two-year time span at the library. Bedtime Math makes and sponsors the program, sending lesson plans and almost all supplies to the library at no cost. Check out their free app or visit their website at bedtimemath.org where they post a question of the day for kids to exercise their brains.
Does it work? The clubs are meant to be fun and encourage students in their math skills. Bedtime Math’s mission is “to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.” Recently the coaches received an email from an Orange City parent who stated both their children “hated math in school, but this (Crazy 8s Math Club) has helped them like it much more! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.” The coaches cheered at that comment!
Lastly, but most importantly, we couldn’t run Crazy 8s alone. We’d like to thank our awesome VOLUNTEERS! This season, six students from the MOC-FV High School Honors society have volunteered to help out for the entire session. Not only are they helpful, but the kids have a blast with these great role models.